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Illegal EU Caged Egg Imports from 2012

From 1st January 2012, it will be illegal to keep hens in battery cages anywhere in the European Union. However, despite having had 12 years to implement the regulations laid down by the Laying Hens Directive 1999, some EU member states will fail to reach the deadline and are seeking an extension for their farmers. This could result in millions of hens being kept in battery cages illegally, and millions of battery eggs entering the UK illegally, potentially hidden in processed foods such as ready meals, pasta, cakes etc.

British farmers have invested £400m to comply with this legislation. However, they now face unfair competition, not only from egg producers outside the EU who do not need to comply with EU legislation, but also from non-compliant EU farmers.

We are asking you to sign our petition to tell David Cameron and his Government that we want to food labelling which clearly states if egg-based ingredients are sourced from caged hens. Improved food labelling will allow consumers to make an informed choice to help protect higher welfare production and to support British egg producers – good for both the welfare of hens, and our British egg producers.

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      • Kevan JudgeKevan Judge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's about time that the method of slaughter used for poultry and sheep also appeared on packaging, ie has it been stunned prior to having the groat cut?

      • Simon RichardsonSimon Richardson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a family who are not vegetarians but are interested in animal welfare we decided to put our money (and a little effort) where our mouths are and we adopted 4 former battery hens last year. Once you spend some time up close and personal with these curious, cheeky creatures it quickly becomes enraging that developed countries can continue to cage chickens. Sort it out Europe!

      • Judi ThomasJudi Thomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please ban all egg products from caged hens from entering the UK, whether from the EU or not. Otherwise it makes a mockery of the Laying Hens Directive 1999, making it illegal to keep hens in these terribly cruel conditions.

      • Marilyn ArcherMarilyn Archer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Disgusting that some of the EU will still carry on with battery hens when it will be banned. David Cameron should address this problem as Great Britain will comply, like we do with all EU things - some of which are rubbish. I do not believe the U.K. should accept goods from the EU containing eggs from battery hens and food labelling depicting this should be enforced so the consumer can make a moral choice. The U.K. is a member of the EU and usually acts like a dormat. Don't be a doormat Cameron and put these points to the rest of the EU.

      • Janine OwenJanine Owen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please David Cameron, stop this horrendous and needless cruelty. Hens are sentient beings, full of fun and with comic personalities. They work hard to provide eggs for us, why do we need to abuse them? Greed?

      • sally webbsally webb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I fully support the petition to ban all egg products from caged hens, its a cruel practice that should have longed been banned

      • Laura DuttonLaura Dutton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We want food labelling that tells us whether we are buying products containing eggs from caged hens- all egg farmers in the EU should be keeping hens in better conditions. It is not right that animals are kept in such appalling ways as battery hen are

      • Dawn Bagwell-CoxDawn Bagwell-Cox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is no excuse for people not to be ready. Why is it always the British who make huge efforts to comply whilst others just ignore things? Because they get away with it. Just for once let's just ban imported eggs altogether maybe the farmers who haven't bothered to do anything will take some notice then.

      • lynn fordlynn ford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hen's deserve to roam free, if more people refused to buy eggs from caged hens then the farmers n government would get the message to stop this barbaric practice. Shame on the farmers that do!

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        caged birds are an abomination - there's absolutely no excuse for such blatant cruelty.

      • David AndrewsDavid Andrews commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There should be a ban on importing eggs and products containing eggs from all countries who continue to allow caged hens.

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