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ENRICHED CAGES FOR EGG-LAYING HENS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 792A1: tabled on 04 March 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 2 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Chris Mullin on 04 February 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and insert 'welcomes the fact that the EU Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, which prohibits the use of conventional battery cages from 2012, will improve the welfare of laying hens by permitting the use of 'enriched cages' which provide hens with two-thirds more floor space than is currently the minimum legal requirement, provide nesting opportunities for birds, provide litter which encourage hens to perform such natural behaviours associated with foraging, and which provide for exercise through perching; draws attention to the most recent academic research as published in the World's Poultry Science Journal in December 2001 which supports the welfare advantages of this system; and urges the Government to work with British poultry farmers to continue the development of poultry husbandry which delivers high standards of welfare based on the best scientific advice as well as maintaining fair competitive conditions with poultry products imported from other countries.'.

Original motion text

That this House is concerned that, although the EU Hens Directive prohibits the use of conventional battery cages from 2012, it permits the use of 'enriched cages'; notes with concern the significant welfare problems associated with 'enriched cage' systems, which the egg industry may well introduce as a substitute for conventional battery cages; believes that the floor space and cage height and the perch, litter and nest box facilities provided in 'enriched cages' are insufficient to allow hens to perform natural behaviours in a way that is meaningful to the birds; and urges Her Majesty's Government to prohibit the use of 'enriched cages', as they offer no significant additional welfare benefits for egg-laying hens.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.