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"For many years now the free-trade rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have been wrecking progress on animal welfare.<br><br><br><br>
Unless they are reformed, the WTO rules will continue to be a major block to attempts to achieve improved welfare standards."<br><br><br><br>
Battery Cages for Egg Laying Hens<br><br><br><br>
The EU has banned the battery cage as from 2012. Under WTO rules, however, it cannot ban the import of battery eggs. So apprehensive is the EU of this, that it is to review its cage ban in 2005.<br><br>
If by then the WTO rules have not been revised to allow the EU to require imported eggs to meet similar welfare standards to those applying to EU eggs, the EU might decide to drop its own ban on battery cages.<br><br><br><br>
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