EU/UK: RSPCA says EU close to proposed directive on broiler chicken welfare
Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) says the European Commission will within two months propose a directive on raising welfare standards for battery broiler chickens.
Drafts leaked by the society suggest the legislation would set stocking density levels at 38 kilograms live-weight per square metre, with inspectors allowed to reduce this to 30 kg under certain conditions.
Other welfare standards would include all production buildings having a light intensity of at least 20-lux, with the whole floor being illuminated. Lights would be turned off for eight hours in any 24-hour period, with one continuous period of at least four hours.
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