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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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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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AHDB Pork calls for stepped-up biosecurity

Pig farmers are being urged to step up biosecurity to reduce the risk of swine dysentery in their herds.

According to Farmers Weekly, AHDB Pork have confirmed cases in the north and east of the UK and is calling on producers to focus on hygiene to protect their animals.

Members of the AHDB Pork Significant diseases charter are reported to have been informed of the outbreaks.