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Welfare of Laying Hens (Enriched Cages) Bill

Welfare of Laying Hens (Enriched Cages) Bill






prohibit the keeping of laying hens in enriched cages.                                                                            

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

 1     Protection of hens

     (1)    Section 1 of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 (c. 34) shall be

amended as follows.

     (2)    After subsection (2), there shall be inserted—

           “(3)              A person commits an offence if without lawful authority or excuse


(proof of which shall lie on him) he keeps, or knowingly causes or

permits to be kept, any laying hen in an enriched cage.

           (4)              In this section—

                                  “enriched cage” means a cage referred to in Chapter III of Council

Directive 1999/74/EC of 19 July 1999 laying down minimum


standards for the protection of laying hens; and

                                  “laying hen” means a hen of the species Gallus gallus which has

reached laying maturity and is kept for production of eggs not

intended for hatching.”

 2     Short title, commencement and extent


     (1)    This Act may be cited as the Welfare of Laying Hens (Enriched Cages) Act


     (2)    This Act shall come into force on 1 January 2012.

     (3)    This Act extends to England and Wales only.

Bill 65 53/2

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