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on September 30, 2009

RSPCA eases restrictions on free-range eggs

New rules to double number of birds allowed per hectare

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is doubling the allowed density of birds from 1,000 per hectare to 2,000, as demand for free-range eggs continues to grow.

With the increased hens come regulations to increase shelter and other provisions needed for the birds’ welfare. This remains a tighter standard than those in the EU.

Demand for free-range eggs has soared, due to public campaigns and celebrities endorsing the product.

If the demand cannot be met, overseas eggs produced under lower welfare standards would potentially be imported.

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