Batteries still included
From January 1st, all EU farmers were banned from keeping hens in battery cages, but a recent RSPCA poll showed that 88% of people in England and Wales are not even aware of the new legislation. Of those who are aware, many believe this would mean the end of hens being kept in cages and that they would be allowed to roam freely for no less than four hours a day. The reality is very different, despite the new law, some hens will continue to be kept in cruel cages. If you are still pondering making a New Year's resolution, maybe you could support the RSPCA's 30-year old campaign and only buy cage-free eggs when you shop. Let us know what you think by posting your views on our forum.
Don't be lulled in to a false sense of security by thinking enriched battery cages are a good alternative for hens. Yes. They do get a few more luxuries of perches, scratching and nesting areas, but they still have a roaming area of less than the size of a sheet of A4 paper. When buying eggs, always look for boxes labelled Freedom Food, this means they are from farms inspected by the RSPCA's welfare standards. If they are not available choose barn, free-range or organic.
For a free guide to buying cage-free eggs and products that contain eggs go to www.rspca.org.uk/eggs
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