Battery hen farming defended in Australia
It has been reported that the Australian Egg
Corporation has rejected calls for battery hen farming to be
ABC News reported that the calls were made follow a release of footage of
dead and dying hens allegedly taken by animal activists inside poultry Pitt
Poultry sheds in southern Tasmania.
The RSPCA and the Greens are aiming for intensive hen farming to be banned
on a national level. Primary Industries Minister, David Llewellyn, says he, too,
is working to end the practice.
The production of eggs using battery cages has, however, been defended by
the Egg Corporation's MD, James Kellaway. "I don't see why we should try and ban
a production system that delivers animal welfare benefits," he said. "At the end
of the day there is no perfect egg production system," he added.
Meanwhile, Llewellyn says he will investigate allegations of breaches of
animal health and welfare regulations at Pitt Poultry. He adds that the
disturbing footage is at odds with recent official inspections of the farm, and
stressed that he is working to bring an end to battery hen farming in
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