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Chickens in Italy, Greece living 'outside the law' says EU

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Chickens in Italy, Greece living 'outside the law' says EU

Brussels, April 25 - The chickens have come home to roost for Italy and Greece, now facing charges in the European Court of Justice over the size of hen houses. The two countries are in trouble for failing to enforce requirements for the minimum size of cages where laying hens are bred. The pair had been given 12 years to meet new standards and authorities say that allowing some breeders to get away without upgrading penalizes those producers who have invested in new facilities. European animal welfare laws, effective last year, say that all laying hens must have spacious cages in which to nest, scratch, and roost. Not only are the hens at risk but their eggs are then seen as being laid "outside the law".

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