At the December Agrifish Council, Denmark presented a note on keel bone fractures in laying hens. In a European-led study, more than 85% of laying hens examined had keel bone fractures. This is a result of selective breeding of laying hens, whereby small hens are producing eggs larger than their natural capability. Denmark called for the present breeding strategy to be altered and urged the Commission to establish a common EU approach.They also asked the Commission to include breeding issues in the revision of the EU Animal Welfare legislation.
Joining the Intergroup next week is the Food and Agricultural Policy Consultant for Animal Protection Denmark, Mia Bonichsen, who will provide more information on the specific issue of keel bone fractures in laying hens. We will also hear from Kirsten Vornhagen, Policy Officer for the Animal Welfare, Antimicrobial Resistance Unit at DG SANTE. She will be addressing questions regarding what the next steps are and how to address the issue in EU Policies, including the revision of the animal welfare legislation.
Now is the time to address these issues and find concrete solutions that can be implemented across the Union.