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Campaigners Claim Victory For Hen Layer Hens
All layer hens in New Zealand are likely to have a better way of life
after a parliamentary committee recognised that the current Code of
Welfare was a sham and ordered a rewrite.
Animal Rights Legal Advocacy Network (ARLAN) complained to the
Regulations Review Committee that the code did not comply with the
Animal Welfare Act. This Act recommends that animals should be able to
display normal patterns of behaviour.
The committee agreed and recommended the code be sent back to National
Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), who originally wrote the
Campaign Against Factory Farming (CAFF) spokesperson Debra Ashton says
the decision by the multi-party committee is "a victory for common
sense and sound science", and she hopes it will lead to a complete
phase out of battery hen cages.
full story: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0605/S00085.htm