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EU bans un-enriched hen cages
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Published on 22-12-11

From 1 January an EU-wide ban on the use of un-enriched cages for laying hens comes into force.  The legislation sets down minimum standards for protecting laying hens and stipulates they should be replaced by other methods which are more humane and capable of satisfying the biological and behavioural needs of hens.

    EU bans un-enriched hen cages

    Recently representatives of Compassion in World Farming visited the Commission's offices in London to express their thanks the ban was not delayed despite requests from some EU member states.

    Jonathan Scheele, Head of the EC Representation said: "The political decision to ban un-enriched cages was taken in 1999, but regrettably despite repeated warnings from the Commission, a number of member states still do not fully comply with the new rules.  Consequently, the Commission will not hesitate to start infringement procedures in cases of non-compliance."

    Experts from the Commission's inspection service, the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), will start visiting targeted Member States as of January 2012 and any decisions on infringement procedures will be based on the outcomes of these audits.

    The enforcement of the Directive falls under the responsibility of the Member States, ie Defra in the UK.

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