FVE position paper: Moving towards more animal welfare friendly systems for laying hens

On 11 June 2021, FVE adopted its position paper on laying hens and the need to move cage-free farming systems.

Enriched cages are receiving increasing scrutiny as they restrict the ability of laying hens to perform inherent behaviours and thereby enjoy positive experiences and a Good Life. Some countries and several retailers have already made cage-free commitments.

The veterinary profession should provide leadership in the transition from enriched cages to alternative systems by providing guidance on improving the welfare of laying hens in current alternative systems and by contributing to the development of better alternatives.