2 August 2002

Egg under threat

THE egg industry is under threat from a government that threatens to put emotion ahead of science in implementing the EU Welfare Laying Hens Directive.

FARMERS WEEKLYs sister magazine Poultry World believes the time has come to raise the profile of our long-running Campaign for Cage Sense, by giving it a logo to highlight our coverage of this vital issue. Your support is vital too.

The industry has accepted that conventional cage systems must go by 2012, to be replaced by enriched cages. Yet the government has decided to put the whole cage issue to public consultation without waiting for the results of research that it has commissioned.

The use of the logo will highlight the key issues of egg production from all systems, the benefits to consumers and the industry in retaining a choice of sources of eggs and the influences on the welfare of layers. &#42