Associations denounce French government for backing out on improving the welfare of caged chickens
20 November 2019
It was one of the few provisions of the Agriculture and Food Law (EGalim) dealing with animal welfare. In October 2018, MEPs voted to ban new construction and rearrangement of cages for laying hens.
A year later, the implementing decree for this measure has still not been published and several animal welfare associations are concerned about a "backward movement" of the government.
Tuesday, November 19, they released a letter sent to them by the Ministry of Agriculture, indicating that the concept of "refurbished building" would be limited to farms increasing their production area. In other words, it would be possible for operators to make investments to renovate existing cages, as long as production capacity does not increase.
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