RSPCA wants enriched cages banned
The NFU has reportedly condemned an attempt by the
RSPCA to ban an egg production system accepted by the EU as being more
welfare-friendly than battery units.
â€œThe RSPCA is being short-sighted and irresponsible in calling for enriched
colony systems to be banned at a time when our members are doing their level
best to respond to consumer demands, which means supplying eggs to all ends of
the market,â€ said NFU chief poultry adviser Robert Newbery, adding that the egg
industry has to reflect diverging consumer needs for higher welfare eggs, but
also for affordability.
Reports states that Newbery points out that while sales of free-range and
conventional indoor eggs are growing, indicating that some consumers are happy
to pay for higher welfare, others need to watch what they spend and opt for
â€œBanning the new enriched colony system, which, at Â£15-25 per bird, our
members are now making considerable investment in, would only serve to export
our egg industry to outside the EU or UK where welfare standards may be well
behind our own,â€ he said.
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