|Winter 1996/97 Poultry Press|
|ACTION ALERT-YOUR LETTERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED|
|Swedish Battery Hen Ban in Danger!|
In 1988, the Swedish Parliament voted to prohibit keeping
hens for egg production in cages, with a 10 year phase-out. The
ban is to become effective on January 1, 1999. However, it is
being threatened by heavy lobbying from battery hen egg producers
and the fact that they have refused to make plans to change to a
non-cage system. At most, only 15% of Swedish egg laying hens are
in non-caged housing.
While the new Swedish Minister of Agriculture, Annika Ahnberg, had a record of animal welfare initiatives when she was a member of Parliament, she now is weakening in favor of a "modified cage" and postponement of the ban. This would be a disaster not only for Swedish hens and the Swedish animal protection movement, but for the United States and the world, as we look to Sweden to set standards for our own campaigns to outlaw battery cages.
Battery cages must be banned. As Dr. Lesley Rogers states in The Development of Brain and Behaviour in the Chicken (1995) "In no way can these living conditions meet the demands of a complex nervous system designed to form a multitude of memories and to make complex decisions."
|WHAT CAN I DO?|