GAIA welcomes the ministers’ adoption of the draft decree of Minister Carlo Di Antonio (cdH) regarding the Walloon Code of Animal Welfare. “This new law is a significant leap forward for animal welfare in Wallonia, placing the region among the most progressive in Europe in terms of animal welfare,” declares GAIA’s president Michel Vandenbosch. “One of the numerous measures proposed is the legal status of the animal as a sensitive being, endowed with needs, interests and dignity,” emphasises GAIA’s president.
One of the key measures of this new legislative project: the installation or commissioning of battery cages for the breeding of laying hens will be prohibited when the new law comes into force. The nine farms still active in the region will have to cease their activity by 2028 at the latest.