Type: Chapter

Welfare standards for laying hens

Author Andrew Butterworth

University of Bristol

Publication date:

31 July 2016

ID: 9781838790950

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Consumers regard animal welfare as an important attribute of the food they eat. Sellers have to pay due attention to animal welfare before selling food like eggs or poultry to people. There are many welfare standards for laying hens and this chapter looks into some of these standards like commercial welfare standards and global standards. The way in which these standards are implemented is important to ensure quality in production and this chapter looks into this important aspect.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Commercial welfare standards for laying hens: the case of the United Kingdom
3 How are welfare standards implemented?
4 Case study 1: the ‘ Assurewel ’ scheme
5 Case study 2: the ‘ Welfare Quality ’ scheme
6 The use of global standards
7 Where to look for further information
8 References