Battery farming set to end in 2012
EUROPEAN agriculture ministers have decided to ban battery cages for hens – but not until 2012.
No new cages can be installed after 1 January, 2003. No compensation will be paid.
Producers face the choice of free-range farming or housing hens on perches in barns. Alternatively, hens could be held in larger cages which would be double the size of a battery cage and give each a nest, perch and a scratching strip.
Standards for what the European Union have dubbed the “enriched cage” are to be agreed by ministers before 1 January, 2002.
Andrew Joret, animal welfare chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, said it would be important that the legislation was enforced to ensure any producer got a commercial advantage by not applying the standards.
- Europe to outlaw battery cages, FWi, yesterday (15 June, 1999)
- Ministers debate farm prices, battery cages, FWi, yesterday (15 June, 1999)
- The Times 16/06/99 page 2
- The Independent 16/06/99 page 14
- Financial Times 16/06/99 page 3
- The Daily Telegraph 16/06/99 page 14
- The Herald 16/06/99 page 23