Photo: Severn viewed from top of Ash Lane, Randwick
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - otherwise known as 'PETA' - is urging Jim Fitzpatrick, Defra Minister of State, who is responsible animal welfare, to stand up and oppose this proposal. Please sign the letter here. Or sign a similar letter from Compassion in World Farming here.
Here is how Compassion in World Farming describe Defra's position: "They want the EU Egg Marketing Regulation – which currently prohibits the sale of battery eggs after 1 January 2012 – to be changed to permit the sale of battery eggs as long as they are only sold in the country of production and not exported to other countries. This will mean that producers in countries like Spain and Poland will have little incentive to get rid of their battery cages as they will still be able to sell their battery eggs after 1 January 2012."
Egg producers have already been given a far too generous period (in my view) of 12 years to phase out the conventional battery cage. Postponement is not the way to go. Please join me in signing one of those letters.