What's New ? - 2022

What's New ? - 2022

Hen cages to be banned in Israel beginning in 2037

22 June, 2022

The Education, Culture and Sports Committee, unanimously approved the Animal Welfare Regulations (Protection of Animals) (Raising and Keeping Egg Laying Chickens for Agricultural Purposes), 2022. The new regulations ban cages in any new chicken shed, with immediate effect.
As of 2037, the keeping of poultry in cage type coops (not just the new ones) will be banned.  The transition period is intended to allow the industry to prepare and upgrade in accordance with the necessary changes, since in Israel, at present, about 93% of the egg laying hens coops are cages of various types. During the transition period, a minimum living space has been set for the egg laying hens in existing coops, which will range from 600 sq. cm. to 750 sq. cm., depending on the size of the coop. Moreover, under the new regulations, the practice of moulting, will be officially banned within a year and a half from the date the regulations come​ into force. Also, within a year, the trimming of the beaks of egg laying hens, after having been taken out of the hatchery, will be banned.