19 Jan '12, 4pm

Battery cages are now illegal in the EU. Translation: Hens will actually have space to walk around!

In the European Union, hens can no longer be kept in tiny battery cages that pack them so tightly they could not walk or flap their wings. The EU voted to ban the cages in 1999 but gave the poultry industry 12 years to implement the switch-over. As of 2012, the use of battery cages is illegal. The new cages give hens more space and must have nest boxes, which animal welfare experts say are key to keeping chickens from stressing out. (They need a little bit of privacy to feel comfortable laying an egg, which is understandable! Would you want to lay an egg in the middle of a crowd?) Some farmers have also switched over to barns or free-range systems. No surprise that the U.S. isn’t so enlightened, though. And even if it were, the updated rules are meant to make chickens non-miserable, not cloud-nine open-yard omg-look-at-that-worm happy. So the bottom’s not going to drop out...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/the-european-union-bans-battery-cag...

Tweets

McIlroy's magical US Open six iron voted European Tour Shot of the Year - European Tour

McIlroy's magical US Open six iron voted Europe...

europeantour.com 19 Jan '12, 3pm

Related Content News Shot of the Year: The Contenders Videos Shot Of The Year - The Result Players Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ Ro...

Croatia says 'yes' to European Union membership

Croatia says 'yes' to European Union membership

straitstimes.com 23 Jan '12, 5am

Croatia's President Ivo Josipovic (left) listens to Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic (right) as he addresses guests...

New European project on green traffic management

greencarcongress.com 22 Jan '12, 6pm

New European project on green traffic management 22 January 2012 A new EU-funded project to deliver green traffic manageme...