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All leading supermarkets commit to end sale of caged eggs
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All leading supermarkets in the UK will be making the move to cage-free production.

Move hailed as 'truly momentous'

All leading supermarkets in the United Kingdom have now pledged their commitment to end the sale of caged eggs by 2025.

According to animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming, Asda and Lidl now join Iceland, Morrisons and Aldi in their move to cage-free production.

Other retailers including Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and The Cooperative stopped selling eggs from caged systems years ago.

The announcement follows a petition launched by teenager Lucy Gavaghan, signed by over 185,000 supporters. 

A Compassion in World Farming spokesperson described the move as 'a truly momentous turning point for egg laying hens in the UK'.

"With more and more companies pledging to join the growing cage-free movement worldwide, it is clear that the food industry is evolving and finally starting to see animal welfare at its heart," they add.

Farmers Weekly reports the supermarkets are now in consultations with egg suppliers over what will be the new standard for cage-free eggs.

A likely replacement is barn production - where birds are kept indoors but have freedom to roam a shed.

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”