Green MEP wants EU ban on battery cages
London's Green Party MEP, Jean Lambert, has called for the planned EU-wide
ban on battery cages to be maintained.
There are plans in place for the Laying Hens Directive to come into full
effect from 2012. Animal protection campaigners, however, are concerned that the
Directive is under significant threat.
"I fully support Compassion in World Farming's campaign and hope others
will add their voices too. The EU Laying Hens Directive bans barren cages for
egg-laying hens from 2012, and is a vital piece of EU animal welfare
legislationâ€¦ I am concerned that these rules may get postponed, and have written
to the Commission (EU) seeking an assurance that there will be no delay in
bringing in the ban by 2012," says Jean
Compassion in World Farming's 'Keep the Ban' campaign has toured around the
UK throughout the summer. They were recently in London. Lambert urged others to
get involved to help protect the legislation: "Anyone concerned about animals
should contact the UK government and urge it to press for assurances that the
2012 ban on battery cages is honoured.
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