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Final Report - LAYWEL (Welfare implications of changes in production systems for laying hens)

Project ID: 502315
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES


This is the final report for the LAYWEL project. Egg production is an important agricultural activity in the EU, and one that is generally very intensive. In response to societal concern about the welfare of laying hens, Directive 1999/74/EC sets minimum standards for their protection. Battery cages, in their current form, are being phased out (by 2012) and new farming practices (furnished cages and non-cage systems) have emerged. As data accumulate, it is important to acquire a clear picture of animal welfare determinants in furnished cages, aviaries, and free-range systems.

The LAYWEL project produced a series of reports on the various welfare aspects of laying hens. Although special emphasis was put on enriched cages and the welfare of laying hens housed in it, alternative housing systems, such as aviaries and free range systems were also investigated. The final report of the LAYWEL project gives a method to estimate the welfare of laying hens in any kind of housing system.

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