Monthly Archives: January 2012

UK Non-Compliance with EU Battery Cage Ban

As many chicken keepers and enthusiasts will know this year marks the implementation of the ban throughout the EU on barren battery cages. In 1999 the EU agreed a Directive on Laying Hens (1999/74/EC) that resulted in the banning of the most inhumane of these systems, the barren battery cage. The EU allowed producers a 12 year phase-out period, bringing the ban into effect on 1 January 2012. There has been a lot of press over recent years about the appalling conditions in which hens are kept for egg production are and recently a lot of commentary on how many EU states and their farmers are failing to comply with the ban.

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