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Code of Welfare for Layer Hens Issued

Code of Welfare for Layer Hens Issued

The Animal Welfare (Layer hens) Code of Welfare 2012 was issued by the Minister for Primary Industries today. This code comes into force on 7 December 2012 and revokes the Animal Welfare (Layer Hens) Code of Welfare 2005.

The new code contains minimum standards and best practices that aim to encourage the highest standards of animal husbandry, care and handling. The code covers the full range of hen husbandry topics, including the provision of food and water, shelter, and protection of health. The biggest change in the new code is to require that the cages in use now can no longer be used.

To view the code and accompanying report please go to http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/animal-welfare/codes/layer-hens/index.htm

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