End the cage age: Looking for alternatives

30-11-2020

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI Committee, presents alternatives for cage housing of farm animals and laying hens and sows in particular. Cage-free housing has a positive effect on the behavioural freedom and welfare of animals. No major problems arise with regard to other aspects of sustainability. Research shows that cage-free housing is currently possible or will be in the future. A shift towards cage-free housing systems may be achieved by financial and policy measures in the short term and legislation in the long term.

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI Committee, presents alternatives for cage housing of farm animals and laying hens and sows in particular. Cage-free housing has a positive effect on the behavioural freedom and welfare of animals. No major problems arise with regard to other aspects of sustainability. Research shows that cage-free housing is currently possible or will be in the future. A shift towards cage-free housing systems may be achieved by financial and policy measures in the short term and legislation in the long term.

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Prof. dr. ir. T. Bas RODENBURG, Professor of Animal Welfare1,5, Maite A.A.M. VAN GERWEN MSc, Project leader and PhD candidate2, Dr. Ellen MEIJER, Assistant Professor1, Dr. Tijs J. TOBIAS, Assistant Professor3, Dr. Mona F. GIERSBERG, Researcher1, Dr. Vivian C. GOERLICH-JANSSON, Assistant Professor1, Dr. Rebecca E. NORDQUIST, Assistant Professor 1, Dr. Franck L.B. MEIJBOOM, Associate Professor 2,4,5, Prof. dr. Saskia S. ARNDT, Professor of Animal Behaviour11Animals in Science and Society, Department Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 2Centre for Sustainable Animals Stewardship, Department Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, 3Farm Animal Health, Department Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 4Ethics Institute, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 5Adaptation Physiology Group, Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands.