I have been contacted by a number of constituents concerning a parliamentary petition to 'End the Cage Age', which calls for a ban on all caged farming.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend a ‘walk-in’ briefing session for MPs, organised by Compassion in World Farming, about the petition on 22nd May due to prior diary commitments.
I should say, however, that I very much share the concerns raised with me by constituents over millions of animals being unnecessarily confined in cages across the UK.
In my party’s 2017 manifesto, we committed to bringing in a complete ban on caged hens. A partial ban under EU law has existed since 2012, and the Coalition Government led efforts in the EU for the tougher enforcement of the battery cage ban. We have also called to extend the current EU ban on battery cages to any form of cage where birds cannot display normal patterns of behaviour. The animal rights organisation, Animal Aid, also worked with MPs in the 2015-17 Parliament to table an Early Day Motion (EDM 402) calling for an end to the use of cages to rear birds for shooting, which I signed my name in support of.
Please be assured that I will continue to press for the highest standards in animal welfare.