This is the original text of the European Council Directive laying down minimum standards for the welfare of laying hens.
European Council Directive 1999/74/EC was passed on 19th July 1999, following a proposal from the European Commission to update the 1997 Council Directive 88/166/EEC.
This legislation bans conventional egg laying cages from 1st January 2012 throughout the European Union.
The legisaltion was subject to review in 2005.
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17 November 2005
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