This is the speech given by the
Agriculture Minister of Bhutan while
declaring the country cage free. The
audio is bad as I shot this video from
my phone, hence use a headphone.
If I could I would
get every minister of agriculture around the world to
listen to him.
Follow up article, August 2012 -
Bhutan Bans Extreme Confinement Cages for Layers
Humane Society International applauds historic farm animal welfare
measure Timphu (2 July 2012) -- Humane Society International praised the
Royal Government of Bhutan for instituting major animal welfare reforms
for the country's egg industry.
The Minister of Agriculture and
Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, declared that any female
domesticated chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or guinea fowl kept for the
purpose of egg production, including pullets, shall never be continually
confined in restrictive cages that prevent them from fully stretching
their limbs or expressing important natural behaviors. The order also
mandates that birds shall have sufficient space to be able to perch or
sit quietly without repeated disturbance.
Typically, egg factory farms
around the world cram billions of egg-laying hens into barren cages so
small the birds can't even spread their wings. Each bird has less space
than a sheet of paper on which to spend her entire life. Such extreme
confinement prevents them from expressing many important natural
behaviors including perching, nesting or dust bathing.
represents an important advancement for farm animals worldwide," said
Rahul Sehgal, director, Asia, HSI. "Bhutan's progressive legislation sets
a high standard for others to emulate. Most countries realize that we
must move in the direction of improved animal welfare standards, and this
legislation provides a roadmap to move us in that direction. All animals
deserve humane treatment, including those raised for food."
In a battery cage, a hen will live out her entire adult life on less
space than an average sheet of writing paper; she cannot spread her wings
and will never have the chance to perch, dust bathe, or forage for food --
all essential natural behaviors.
-- Battery cage restrictive housing
results in both physical and psychological problems; scientific studies
have consistently shown that laying hens suffer in battery cages.
Cage-free alternatives to battery cage housing offer much higher welfare
for laying hens and are already used successfully in Bhutan and around
-- The European Union has outlawed the use of conventional
cages for hens.
-- A growing number of food companies and state
governments in India are moving to phase out battery cages.
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