Nov 18, 2005

RSPCA's general campaigns update.

Cruel battery cages for egg-laying hens are to be banned in the European Union in 2012, but it will still be possible to use so-called 'enriched' cages.

Enriched cages are similar to conventional battery cages, but provide the hens with 50cm2 more useable space and contain limited facilities for the hens to nest, perch and scratch.

The RSPCA is calling for all cage systems to be banned by 2012.

New report and information flyer
In October, the RSPCA launched a new laying hen report during the Liberal Democrat Party Conference. The case against cages: Evidence in favour of alternative systems for laying hens examines the welfare problems associated with keeping hens in both traditional and enriched cages.

To download a copy of the report, please go to: www.rspca.org.uk/eggs

Good Food Show
From 23–27 November, Freedom Food, the RSPCA's farm animal welfare food labelling scheme, will be attending the BBC Good Food Show at Birmingham’s NEC (stand R152). The team will be providing cooking demonstrations and tasty samples, featuring celebrity chefs and Freedom Food producers. Come and visit us and pick up your free goody bag, including information on Freedom Food eggs and other products!

For me details about Freedom Food and their product range, go to: www.freedomfood.co.uk

Supermarket petition
More than 10,000 people have signed our 'Supermarket petition' and pledged that they will only buy barn, free-range or Freedom Food branded eggs. We are aiming to get 20,000 signatures by the end of 2005 and to deliver the petition to supermarkets early next year.

How you can help

- Go to: www.rspca.org.uk/eggs and complete the pop-up petition (if you haven't done so already).
- Send this e-mail to your friends/family/colleagues and ask them to sign the petition.
- Only buy eggs that are clearly labelled barn, free-range or Freedom Food.

Thank you again for your support.
Best wishes,
RSPCA Online

Notes
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