UK Government urged to ban cages for farmed animals

March 12, 2019

A campaign spearheaded by vegan actor Peter Egan is urging the UK government to ditch cages for farmed animals because cages restrict animals from displaying their natural behaviour.

Egan shared the campaign on Twitter urging his 56,000 followers to sign a petition to end the use of cages for farmed animals.

The petition on the government website says: “Across the UK, millions of farmed animals are kept in cages, unable to express their natural behaviours. This causes huge suffering. We call on the UK government to end this inhumane practice by banning cages for farmed animals. Cages are cruel.”

In an ideal world, animals would not be exploited and would not be bred for human consumption, but unfortunately farming animals on a large scale is still happening around the world.

The petition continues to say: “We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs to bring forward legislation that amends the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations to prohibit the use of: a) barren and enriched cages for farmed animals including cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, broiler breeders, layer breeders, quail, phaeasants, partridges, guinea fowl; b) farrowing crates for sows; c) individual calf pens.”

The petition has already reached over 27,000 signatures, and is awaiting a government response. If the petition reaches over 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in parliament.

Amidst the uncertainty of Brexit, animal welfare is something that is being reformed. This includes increased prison sentences for animal abusers, and recognising animals’ sentience and the situation surrounding the live exports of animals.

Having such topics debated in Parliament at this time would help to create positive change with changes in legislation as the UK leaves the EU.

The petition is running until 8th September 2019 and you can sign it here.

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