Farming minister confirms no ban on beak trimming in 2016

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Farming minister George Eustice has said that a ban on beak trimming will not be introduced from January 2016.

The minister made the announcement in response to a written question in the House of Commons today.

Gary Ford_275_412NFU chief poultry adviser Gary Ford said: “The NFU has always said that January 2016 would have been too early to introduce a ban on beak trimming. We believe that a continuation is in the best welfare interests of laying hens so we are pleased that the Minister has listened to ours and the industry’s concerns.

“The NFU supports and is actively involved in ongoing industry work to better understand what the trigger points are that cause injurious feather pecking.

“The industry will continue its work with welfare groups, such as RSPCA and CiWF, and Defra in exploring ways in which we can work towards an industry that does not need to rely on beak trimming, but where bird welfare is not compromised.”

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