Battery cage deadline wanted
A parliamentary select committee in New
Zealand is calling for a tightening up of the animal welfare code for layer
hens, which came into effect last year. It wants the code revised to set a fixed
date for phasing out the battery cages currently used for most of New Zealand's
The Regulations Review Committee's recommendations to the government follow
its investigation into a complaint from the Animal Rights Legal Advocacy
The network objected to the decision by the National Animal
Welfare Advisory Council, which drew up the code to allow the continued use of
cages that do not fully comply with animal welfare laws.
at the time that there was not enough evidence to show that new generation
enriched cages or alternative systems such as raising hens in barns would
consistently improve animal welfare conditions for hens.
not to make a final decision on whether the current cages should continue to be
used, modified or phased out until 2009, when it will review all the research
The executive director of the Egg Producers
Federation, Michael Brooks, says he will expect to be consulted if there are
moves to change the layer hen code.
In the meantime Brooks says egg
producers want the Animal Welfare Advisory Council to get on with setting up the
research committee it is planning to investigate alternative production
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