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All leading supermarkets commit to end sale of caged eggs
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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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at