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UK bans battery cages. As usual Australia lags WAY behind. 5.1.2012
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 04:30:23 PM »
Liberty the last UK battery hen

By Libby Price

Thursday, 05/01/2012

The United Kingdom is the latest country to ban battery hen farming. The EU gave a directive to all member countries to abolish conventional battery cages by the first of January. The directive was made 12 years ago. The first country to comply was Swizterland in 1992, and then Germany banned conventional battery cages in 2007.

It's estimated to have cost 5 billions euros to convert farms.

A chook named "Liberty" has become something of a celebrity in the United Kingdom. She's the country's symbolic last battery hen and one of 300 thousand who've found a new home in a british backyard.

President of the National Farmers Union poultry section, Charles Bourn says most farmers have either left the industry or converted, and have found their chickens are happier. But in practice other EU members don't comply and are exporting eggs to England.

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201201/s3402509.htm