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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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      • julia gladwelljulia gladwell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Far too many people want "Cheap" food without any consideration of how it is obtained or at what cost, this is abhorrant and a poor reflection on human beings. Please can all egg based products be clearly labelled in order to give us choice.

      • mary lynnmary lynn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is NO excuse for caged birds, other than lazy farmers who want to do less for more money. These are sentient beings and man has no right to treat them with such cruelty.

      • rosemary cooksonrosemary cookson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this must be enforced, they have had plenty of time. Make sure there is a complete ban on egg imports until ALL countries have this policey

      • Sheena HesterSheena Hester commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Caged hens endure a life of total misery and it is critical that we can see if egg based products have been supplied by hens kept in the caged system.

      • Julie SalterJulie Salter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Consumers need to see clearly if products are from caged hens. The cruelty these poor hens endure is beyond belief. I personally feel that any farmer producing eggs by this barbaric method should be made to live in the same conditions. I would willingly lock them up and leave them.

      • sarah clarksarah clark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I support british farmers and would like to see a ban on eggs being imported from abroad, produced from caged hens.

      • marilyn samuelsmarilyn samuels commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        we should only buy eggs/products using british eggs, I am sure there would be enough eggs produced in Britain to do this, and our goverment should refuse eggs from any other country

      • suesue commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        please give consumers the knowledge to make informed choices about where their food comes from,

      • Janet BrandJanet Brand commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If our farmers are doing such an excellent job improving conditions for hens, it is up to us the consumer to repay their hard work and commitment by buying only British eggs/products. Why do EU impose these changes and then not enforce them. If British farmers can implement these changes in time then so can France.

      • JuliaJulia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The UK always complies with welfare issues but then we import produce that comes from farmers in the EU who do not comply!

      • Rebecca Spenser-UnderhillRebecca Spenser-Underhill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Let us have clearly marked foods which tell the consumer that the eggs are from free range / battery hens. Give us the choice! We need to stop this unbelievable cruelty to animals and give them a chance.

      • Jill SmithJill Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Only the price makes people purchase battery eggs, the government could freeze egg prices and make only free range or organic poultry available.

      • C. SedgwickC. Sedgwick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No animal, feathered, furry, or otherwise, should have to spend it's life caged in semi-darkness. We are allowed quality of life, most of us have a choice, the majority of animals and birds used for their services and meat don't. Let's change that, now!

      • suesue commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There should be stiff penalties for non-compliance with these improvements in welfare. Labelling of foodstuffs with the appropriate country of production of ingredients AND the welfare status of any animal ingredient would help shoppers to be more effective in their choices.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please support higher welfare for farm animals and Uk farmers who invest in it. Intensive livestock farming is unacceptable in a civilised society.

      • aileen nottaileen nott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's about time all EU member countries were as compliant as the UK to legislation - it seems we take all rules seriously while some choose which ones they want to comply with!

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