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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000774-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rikke Karlsson (ECR)

 Subject:  Battery hens
 Answer in writing 

Since 2012 there have been rules on the minimum conditions for keeping hens in battery cages.

Each hen should have a cage area of at least 770 cm2, which should include nests, litter, perches and a place where they can scratch and thus wear down their claws.

However, the most recent independent study shows that none of the farms investigated fully met these conditions, and that the nests in two out of three farms consisted of metal grilles.

There is a great deal of consumer interest in animal welfare, especially in the case of farm animals.

In fact, 70% of people think that there should be a total ban on eggs from battery hens in supermarkets, and a ban on keeping animals in battery cages in general.

When and how will the Commission:
1. Enforce the 2012 rules?
2. Enforce EU rules on animal welfare in future in a European market which allows imports of transatlantic goods?
Original language of question: DA 
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