Bhutan Bans Extreme Confinement Cages for Egg-Laying Hens : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

Bhutan Bans Extreme Confinement Cages for Egg-Laying Hens

August 2, 2012

Bhutan Bans Extreme Confinement Cages for Egg-Laying Hens

NEW YORK, NY (RPRN) 08/02/12 — Humane Society International applauds historic farm animal welfare measure

Timphu—Humane Society International praised the Royal Government of Bhutan for instituting major animal welfare reforms for the country’s egg industry.

Facts:

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.

Facts:

"This law represents

Bhutan Bans Extreme Confinement Cages for Egg-Laying Hens
A huge victory for animal welfare in Bhutan. Dirk Freder/iStockphoto
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 world.

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.

-30-

Media Contact: Arkaprava Bhar: +91 9830769681 arkaprava.bhar@gmail.com

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—On the Web at hsi.org.

Media Web Address: http://www.hsi.org/news/press_releases/2012/08/bhutan_cage_free_080212.html
Main image credits: Humane Society International
Body image credits: A huge victory for animal welfare in Bhutan. Dirk Freder/iStockphoto
About the author:

Welcome to Gerdy's Rescues & Adoptions!

We are a non-profit organization and a registered charity. We are a small, Montreal-based animal rescue group devoted to finding homes for abandoned and homeless cats and dogs. Please check the About Us section to learn more. You can also download the PDF version of our pamphlet by clicking here.


Bienvenue aux Rescapés de Gerdy!

Nous sommes un petit groupe de personnes bénévoles, basé à Montréal, dont la mission est d’offrir une nouvelle vie, par l’adoption, à bon nombre de chats et de chiens perdus, abandonnés ou maltraités. Nous sommes un organisme à but non lucratif et une oeuvre de bienfaisance enregistrée. Pour savoir plus, consultez la section Qui sommes-nous? Ou téléchargez notre brochure en cliquant sur ce lien.

Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: Animal Rights, BREAKING NEWS, PRESS RELEASE, World News

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

GeneSegues Therapeutics Awarded Contract For Development of Nanocapsule-based Vaccine for Biodefense Pathogen

MINNEAPOLIS, MN 12/18/14 · Company Collaborating With U.S. Army Researchers on Topically...

Enjoy a Virtual Tour of Canada's Favourite Spa

GRAFTON, ON 12/16/14 · A brand new tour of Ste. Anne's Spa...

Bahama Beach Club Hosts Christmas and 12th New Year’s Eve Party

Treasure cay 12/13/14 · If you're looking for the perfect place to...

Opportunistic Brand Savvy Investors set to snap up Stackcap Patent

London, UK 12/11/14 · Business savvy investors welcomed an exciting opportunity this...

Newborn Foundation Applauds Reauthorization of Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. 12/11/14 · The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R....

SecurifyApp makes it safe to be Home Alone during this holiday season

New York, New Yrok 12/10/14 · More Americans fall victim to accident, theft and...

Routehappy Raises $3.3M in Funding to Expand Airline & Distributor Products

NEW YORK 12/10/14 ·  -- Routehappy, the product differentiation platform for air travel,...

Spa Lovers Select Ste. Anne's as Canada's Top Destination... Again!

GRAFTON, ON 12/04/14 · Spafinder Wellness once again has awarded Ste. Anne's...

Who Couldn`t Use a Hug? Announcing the HugTrain 6th Annual Hug Tour Dec 2014

Montreal, Quebec, Canada 12/03/14 · Cross Continental Canadian-U.S. Train Journey to Raise Spirits...

Zikto announces stretch goals for successful Kickstarter campaign

Los Angeles/Seoul, Korea 12/01/14 · Campaign reaches global audience! Riding high on the accomplishment...

Coffee With Dr. Stewart

Austin, TX 11/25/14 · A brother and sister bring an exciting new...

Arki Kickstarter reaches $100K target in 13 days

Los Angeles/Seoul, Korea 11/24/14 · One step closer to a walking revolution The kickstarter...

Zikto taking award-winning Arki to Startup Nations Summit

Seoul, Korea 11/22/14 · Zikto taking award-winning Arki to Startup Nations Summit The...

The End of Transparency? Don't be a fraud target

Carrollton, TX 11/18/14 · - Over the years, progressive and productive societies...