Austria – theimplementationofthecagebanby an integratedconcept Claudia Wöhry Austrian Federal MinistryofHealth 12.6.2012
Overview of the relevant Austrian legislation pertaining to laying hens: • § 18 (3) Animal Protection Act • Annex 6 of the 1. Animal Keeping Regulation
Concept for the implementation of the ban before 2009 • The ban was legally stipulated in the Animal Protection Act 2005 • 2005-2008: the food store chains abandoned eggs from hens in battery cages • 2008 CCA discussed the issue with heads of provincial veterinary services • Adoption of enforcement measures • Aids paid to farmers by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture • Registering of all laying hen establishments
Measures after 1.1.2009 • Inspections of all farms which used to have unenriched cages • Two farms required enforcement action
Effectsoftheban Source: Semmelmeyer, Ernst (2011): Aktuelle Marktsituation des österreichischen Eiersektors im europäischen Vergleich
Statistics of Laying hen farms 2010 • 1,856 registered farms with laying hens • 782 free range (42%) • 747 barn (40%) • 17 enriched cages (1%) • 310 organic (17%) Enriched cages may be used no later than 2020.
The Animal Welfare Committees Animal Welfare Council Advisory Committee on Enforcement Minister of Health Animal Welfare Commission