22 March 1996

Veal crate ban even sooner?

EU veal crates could be banned almost immediately under latest European Commission plans.

Draft proposals say calves should be given enough space to lie down, rest, stand up and turn around without difficulty. That would effectively ban crates after eight weeks of age, EU officials stressed.

The plans also state that calves must be fed iron and roughage daily from two weeks of age instead of being fed only on milk as is practised in France and Italy.

But officials said the proposals were still in their early stages and could face opposition from the main veal rearing countries.

could force changes.

An EU council working group has been set up to study the social and economic effects of a ban after France argued it would increase beef surpluses.