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Scotland is taking a significant step toward improving the welfare of laying hens by proposing the UK’s first ban on caging these birds.

The Scottish government has announced a new consultation aimed at outlawing the use of cages for hens involved in egg production. If implemented, this move would position Scotland as a leader in animal welfare.

While the use of battery cages for birds was banned in the UK back in 2012, there are still over 1.1 million chickens in Scotland kept in what are known as “enriched cages.”

These cages provide more space for nesting, roosting, and scratching compared to the smaller battery cages. However, the Scottish government recognizes that further improvements are necessary to ensure the well-being of these animals.

Source: BBC