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Is There a Future for Battery Cages?

Dr. Ian Duncan takes you "inside the henhouse" to describe battery cages and cage-free housing environments for egg-laying hens.

For a more detailed investigation of the pros and cons of battery cages, watch the full proceedings of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada's 2011 symposium, which asked, "Is There a Future for Battery Cages in Canada?

At a series of four meetings held across Canada, alternative husbandry systems available for egg production were described, together with their strengths and weaknesses. Producers discussed the practical challenges of producing eggs in a non-cage system.

Speakers at the meeting included Dr. Ian Duncan, President of the AWFC and an expert on poultry welfare and behaviour, and Dr. Michelle Jendral, Assistant Professor of Poultry Behaviour and Welfare at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. One or two local egg producers also spoke at each meeting. The meetings were attended by a range of participants including representatives of egg industry associations and marketing agencies, universities, producers and others.
Dr. Ian Duncan takes you "inside the henhouse" to describe battery cages and cage-free housing environments for egg-laying hens.

For a more detailed investigation of the pros and cons of battery cages, watch the full proceedings of th...
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