Welfare of Gamebirds

Draft Code of Practice on the Welfare of Gamebirds reared for Sporting Purposes

The CLA welcomes the draft code which closely mirrors the Game Farmers' Association Code and which we were pleased to assist with on the stakeholder working group.

The CLA rejects option3 - a ban on cages used for rearing - for the cogent reasons we set out in the attached response.  A ban will not improve animal welfare and may well reduce it.  We trust the Minister will take the advice of FAWC and the stakeholder group which we support.  Option 2 is the best, indeed the only acceptable, way forward.

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