Letter to Gerald Kaufman MP re battery hen welfare

January 4, 2010

in Letters

Dear Mr. Kaufman,

As I am sure you are aware, the barren battery cage is due to be banned across the UK and the EU from 2012. This is an excellent move in the right direction for greater laying hen welfare.

However, I write to express my concern about the enriched caged system which offers birds only fractional more room. Most of these eggs end up in processed food products and it is therefore difficult for consumers to clearly see that they are purchasing eggs from caged birds. I would like to see clear labelling on food products containing eggs from caged hens and would like to see greater incentives for British free range and barn farmers through Government aid. EDM 234: PRODUCTION METHOD LABELLING ON PROCESSED FOODS CONTAINING EGG AND EGG DERIVATIVES supports the barren cage ban and the provision of such labelling.

I notice that you are not a signatory to this motion. I would appreciate it if you could please take a moment to sign it, and if you could please advise me if you are doing anything to improve labelling and support British free range and barn egg producers.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah McCulloch

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