Hens in cages: the government has 6 months to really ban them

“It has already been 2 and a half years that this provision can be circumvented, it is time that […] the moratorium on cages for laying hens shall apply in full.”

Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesThe Council of State gives the government 6 months to really ban hens in cages (Photo pretext of hens in cages. Photpar Munandar Syamsuddin / Open Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

The Council of State on Thursday 27 May gave the government six months to publish the terms of application of the ban on new buildings for laying hens in cages, according to a 2018 law.

The appeal was filed by the association CIWF (Compassion in World Farming), which welcomed this “total victory”.

“It has already been 2 and a half years that this provision can be circumvented, it is time that the will of the legislator is respected and that the moratorium on cages for laying hens is fully applied,” the NGO reacted in a statement.

Castex’s refusal to “issue the implementing decree” is “illegal”

In 2018, as part of the Egalim law on food aimed at offering better remuneration to farmers and healthier food to the French, it was decided in terms of animal welfare to ban any new installation of hens in cages.La Suite Après Cette Publicité

The article concerned, L214-11 of the Rural and Maritime Fisheries Code, stipulates that “the production of any new or redeveloped vessel for the rearing of laying hens reared in cages is prohibited”.

However, according to the decision of the Council of State, the provisions relating to the concept of “refurbished building” must be specified in an implementing decree, as provided for in the law.

Moreover, the institution notes that it has already been “more than two and a half years since the entry into force of the law of 30 October 2018”. It, therefore, considers that the association CIWF France “is justified in arguing that the prime minister’s decision refusing to issue the implementing decree (…) is illegal and must be canceled”. It gives the government six months to issue the planned decree, on pain of a penalty payment of 200 euros per day.La Suite Après Cette Publicité

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