Despite years of lobbying from animal welfare organisations Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton released codes of welfare for pigs and layer hens today that continue to allow intensive farming.
The new pig codes will still allow use of sow stalls and farrowing crates, crates so small sows can’t turn around.
The layer hen codes still allow the use of battery cages, with slightly bigger cages being phased in from 2008. At just 10 centimetres bigger activists say the size difference is barely perceptible - the hens will still be unable to stretch their wings, experience sunlight and dust bathe. They will still live out their lives in sloping wire cages where their feathers rub off and suffer foot deformities and broken bones.
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