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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 199160, tabled on 5 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on beak trimming of chickens; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

10 June 2014

The Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2010 restricts the method used for the routine beak trimming of laying hens to infra-red technology only. The Government is also working with the Beak Trimming Action Group, which includes representatives from industry, welfare groups and scientists, to find ways to manage flocks of birds without the need to beak trim. Defra is currently funding a peer reviewed research study to assess the effectiveness of management strategies in reducing injurious pecking in non-beak trimmed laying hens. The results of this pilot study and all other available evidence will feed into a review in 2015.

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