Some cages for hens yield a “necessary defence” against bird flu, the government’s arch oldster has said.
In a tweet, Nigel Gibbens pronounced the incomparable pens, which transposed supposed battery cages in 2012, have gratification advantages and offer some-more space.
It comes after 10 heading British vets, who trust caging hens is unethical, pronounced his “brazen endorsement” was “extremely disappointing”.
They pronounced the limited space was “seriously unpropitious to welfare”.
Battery cages for chickens were banned in the EU in 2012. The statute pronounced that if laying hens were to be held they must be in enriched – also famous as cluster – cages instead.
The enriched cages supposing additional space to nest, blemish and roost and the superintendence from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is that any bird in an enriched enclosure must have at slightest 750 block centimetres of space.
The smallest for battery cages was 550 block centimetres.
Despite the banning of battery cages, a series of heading retailers have announced that they are moving towards selling free-range eggs only.
But at the Egg and Poultry Industry Conference in October, Mr Gibbens called this a “regrettable move” and pronounced cages “have a lot going for them”.
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Criticising him in a organisation minute to the Times, 10 vets pronounced overcrowding and limited space were “seriously unpropitious to welfare”.
“Hens in cages can't lift out elemental species-specific behaviours”, they added.
The organisation discharged his claims about insurance against bird influenza observant there are other options to conduct the hazard and urged the arch oldster to take a “more on-going position”.
Mr Gibbens after shielded his perspective on Twitter and said: “Free operation risks illness that is really bad for welfare.”
A Defra mouthpiece said: “Enriched cages offer reduction bearing to the hazard of bird influenza during an conflict than free operation systems, and yield some-more building space and some-more tallness than battery cages.”