Is This The end of cage farming in the EU?
The European Parliament has voted in favour of a resolution by the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to ban cages for farmed animals.
The ECI End the Cage Age received 1.4 million signatures from people across the EU. For the bans to become law, the EU Commission must now review it and put it to EU member states for approval.
If this is approved, caged systems would be banned for all farmed animals from 2027. This includes egg-laying hens, ducks, and rabbits. The EU Parliament also called for a ban on force-feeding ducks and geese to make the French pate foie gras.
According to Surge (https://www.surgeactivism.org/articles/eu-parliament-votes-to-ban-caged-farm-systems-but-there-are-caveats) more than 300 million animals are kept in cruel cages in the EU. “If and when the cage ban does come into force, it will put the EU ahead of the UK, which still allows cages for laying hens and ‘game’ birds, and for sows to be kept in ‘farrowing crates’.
“It has been illegal to keep laying hens in barren battery cages since 2012, replacing them with so-called ‘enriched’ cages, providing as much space as an A4 sheet of paper for half of the EU’s 350 million commercial laying hens. Battery cages are still allowed for rabbits, and almost all the 120 million rabbits farmed commercially every year are kept in them. Around 11 million sows are forced to live half the year in cages where they give birth and feed their young. Around 10 million dairy calves are kept alone in small pens. Quail are caged by the millions, while 40 million ducks and geese are caged and force-fed.”
We at Ethic Earth™ will be glad if this becomes law and caged systems are banned in the EU.
However, these animals would still have to endure a miserable life and painful death.
What can we do about it?
- If you have not already, stop supporting any form of animal agriculture – caged or not
- Be vegan
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