04 Jan '12, 10am

£400 Million Later, and All UK Eggs are Free-Range or From "Enriched" Cages

£400 Million Later, and All UK Eggs are Free-Range or From "Enriched" Cages

MollyDG vis Flickr CC /CC BY 1.0 It's official: As of January 1, 2012, all eggs in the European Union (EU) are supposed to be hatched by hens kept in free-range barns or "enriched" cages. Happily, the UK has gone the full nine yards and spent £400 million on meeting the new standards. Starting now, cages will have to provide enough space for birds to be able to move around. According to the British Hen Welfare Trust , the new cages "can hold up to 90 birds, which will have space to spread their wings, perch and be able to go from one end of the cage to the other. The cage will now have to provide 750 square centimetres of space for each bird." british hen welfare trust /CC BY 1.0 The last battery-housed hen, called Liberty , has just been re-housed by the Trust, to a farm in Devon. Some Countries Lagging Behind Egg Policy However, there are 11 countries that have not signe...

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