Greece and Italy referred to Court for failure to enforce ban on cages for laying hens
Posted on 30/04/2013
Eurogroup is pleased that Greece and Italy have been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union by the European Commission over the failure to correctly implement Directive 1999/74/EC banning unenriched battery cages.
The battery cage ban is a real improvement for millions of birds and a flagship victory for our journey to a more humane farming sector. It illustrates how we, as consumers and citizens can drive change and proves that production systems which cause animal suffering are not acceptable to us as a society and have no place in today’s EU food production.
Full compliance by all Member States is essential to avoid market distortions and unfair competition. However, Greece and Italy have so far failed, despite repeated calls by the European Commission to address the situation.