08 Sep '11, 11am

Battery egg hens still 'face hell' as so-called enriched cages phase in:

Battery egg hens still 'face hell' as so-called enriched cages phase in:

However, despite being hidden from view, the horrors of the battery cage system have perhaps provoked more debate than any other form of factory farming. Indeed, as long ago as 1999 the Council of the European Union judged that battery cages are so cruel they should be banned across the EU. However, we are only now, after all this time, on the verge of banning them in the UK. Come 2012, battery cages are supposed to be replaced across Europe by – yes, you guessed it – another cage. Optimistically described as ‘enriched,’ hens are still packed into wire prisons – albeit prisons with a little more space. To be exact, it is around a postcard sized extra space per bird; still considerably less than needed for them to fully extend their wings. As there will only be one nest box and very limited perching and dust bathing areas in each cage, the hens will be forced to compete for...

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