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Egg Production (Battery System)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 2 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what action he proposes to take to reduce or abolish the use of the battery system to induce a higher production of eggs by hens, in view of the cruelty caused by this unnatural method.

I have no evidence that the battery system of keeping hens is cruel and do not, therefore, propose to take any action on the lines suggested.

The right hon. Gentleman must be aware, if he has studied this matter at all, that it is this very uncivilised system of getting our eggs which involves this artificial and inhuman method.

Can my right hon. Friend answer the question: Why does a hen lay an egg?

Can the Minister say whether the Committee investigating alleged cruelty to animals will look into this matter as well?

That is a question which must be submitted to the chairman of the Committee.