Defend the EU Ban on Barren Battery Cages! - The Petition Site
* Target: Caroline Spelman, UK Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
* Sponsored by: Compassion in World Farming
The egg industry has been given a generous 12 years to prepare for the barren battery cage ban that was passed by the EU in 1999. Now, with less than one year to go until the ban comes into force, some countries are claiming that they still cannot be ready in time, and are requesting delays and exemptions. They are even suggesting that the sale of illegally produced battery eggs should be permitted in their country of production.
Any delay or weakening of the ban would mean egg-laying hens continuing to suffer in cramped, barren battery cages where they are denied recognition of their most basic behavioural needs -- scratching for food, laying eggs in a nest, roosting, dustbathing, and even stretching their wings.
Help us to defeat this attempt to derail vital EU legislation by taking action now. Write to Caroline Spelman, UK Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to tell her that there can be no excuses, no exemptions and no delays.