SAFE – Save Animals From Exploitation – wants colony cages banned the way battery hen cages have been. Battery cages, which can house between four and 10 egg-laying hens, will be phased out by the end of 2022 but the larger colony cages are still legal. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton has sent an open letter to Ag. Minister Damien O’Connor with the support of 250 vets reminding the Minister that they had been raising the need for a ban with the government for many years and the time for action was long overdue.
Damien OConnor says the government is making progress on improving the welfare of commercial layer hens, but has to balance that with keeping the cost of eggs affordable.