Most hens in France are still in cages

Most laying hens in France – 58% – are still in cages and the government is back-pedalling on its pledge to end the practice by 2022, an animal welfare association claims.

Léopoldine Charbonneaux, of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), said: “Public attitudes are clear. People are against cages. As a result, most eggs sold ‘in-shell’ are barn-laid.

“Retailers have been quick to respond and many have pledged to stop selling cage-laid eggs entirely, but eggs in commercial products such ...

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