Australian territory moves to ban battery hens
If new laws being drafted by the Australian political
party Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Greens are adopted by the Assembly next
month, the ACT will become the first Australian state or territory to ban
battery egg production.
Greens MLA Dr Deb Foskey is overseeing final stages of a draft Bill to
amend the ACT's Animal Welfare Act to introduce a ban on keeping hens in battery
cages, for both egg and poultry carcass production.
"We believe that by banning battery-egg production in the ACT, we can
achieve a significant step forward for animal welfare," Greens MLA Dr Deb Foskey
The ACT Government passed laws in 1997 banning production and sale of
battery eggs but the agreement of all state and territory governments was
required. This was not obtained because of concerns raised by a Productivity
Commission report on the economic costs and trade advantage implications of the
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