Battery cages will not be phased out of Australia’s chicken farms, according to a draft of industry guidelines released this week.
The proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry, currently open for public consultation, will if approved form the basis of federal and state legislation on poultry welfare.
A supporting paper to the standards argues that extra cage space does not guarantee better welfare for hens. Further, it claims that battery cages allow better inspection and more efficient management of the birds, the biosecurity risks and the environmental impact.
But continuing battery farming flies in the face of a global trend, as both countries and consumers turn against small cages.
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