North East people in the dark over battery hens

These battery hens were rescued from terrible conditions.

These battery hens were rescued from terrible conditions.

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ALMOST a third of people in the North East wrongly think battery cages will be banned in the new year, a survey found.

From January 1, EU farmers will be banned from keeping hens in barren battery cages.

However, it will still be legal to use so-called “enriched” battery cages.

An RSPCA poll found that 88 per cent people in the North East had not heard about the new welfare legislation, and 73 per cent wrongly assumed what the it would mean for hen welfare.

Two per cent wrongly guessed that farmers would have to play at least four hours of music for their hens each day.

Alice Clark, from the RSPCA, said: “Some of the wrong answers would be funny, such as farmers having to play their hens music, if it wasn’t such a serious issue.”