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Livestock: Animal Welfare

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 73933, tabled on 12 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of banning the caging of farmed animals by 2027, following the recent commitment by the European Commission to take similar action.

Answered on

22 November 2021

The Government shares the public’s high regard for animal welfare. We are delivering a series of ambitious reforms, as outlined in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare. We wish to improve the welfare of farm animals and are considering the case for introducing further reforms, in areas such as the use of cages for laying hens and farrowing crates for pigs.

In coming to an assessment of the potential merits of banning cages we will wish to consult all interested organisations.