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Diana supports UK bid to stamp out battery cages

December 6, 2011 1:44 PM

Battery hens ()

Battery hens should be a thing of the past

Diana is backing the UK Government's tough action to improve welfare standards and living conditions for hens and prevent eggs produced in 'battery cages' being sold in the UK,

An EU ban on battery cages comes in to effect on 1 January 2012, from when egg producers are required to provide hens with larger and more comfortable cages, which include nesting and scratching areas that allow more natural behaviour.

Diana has long been calling for a tough EU enforcement regime to ensure welfare standards are driven up and prevent producers who have not dispensed with battery cages from profiting.

Farming and Agriculture Minister Jim Paice announced earlier today that the UKgovernment would get tough on eggs produced in other countries which have so far not.

Diana is supporting this call for tougher action saying:

"We have all had plenty of time to make these changes, but 13 EU nations have not done so. The UKegg industry alone has spent £400million ensuring hens live in better conditions. It would be unthinkable if countries continuing to house hens in poor conditions were to profit from flouting the law.

"Suppliers who have not complied with the EU directive must not find an outlet in theUK."