Animal Welfare

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th June 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Conservative, Preseli Pembrokeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on limiting the use of fast-growing breeds in the broiler industry.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The recently published proposal for a Council directive laying down minimum rules for the protection of chickens kept for meat production includes a commitment from the Commission, of not later than five years from the date of adoption of the directive, to submit to the European Parliament and to the Council, a report concerning the influence of genetic parameters on identified deficiencies resulting in poor welfare of chickens. The UK will be involved in discussions on the proposal with other member states, in working groups, over the next few months.

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