EU proposes new law on broiler chicken welfare

EU - The EU’s farmers will have to take better care of their broiler chickens under a proposed directive the European Commission has adopted for submission to the bloc’s Parliament.

The directive marks the first in a series of minimum standards on farm animal welfare the European Commission wants to propose for member states.

The legislation will set out a maximum stocking density of 30 kg of broiler chickens per square metre. The legislation will also set out a number of minimum conditions for the care of broiler chickens across the EU, including appropriate access to litter, drinkers, feed and ventilation. Broilers are chickens destined for human consumption.

Scientific studies show the intensive farming of chickens in the EU has led to “serious health and welfare shortcomings in the intensive farming of chickens", said the EU’s health and consumer protection commissioner, Markos Kyprianou.

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