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ANIMAL WELFARE

Rujamar has its egg classification and packing facilities in Cuenca, Spain. Cindy Burgos
elimination of cages at a certain time. However, there is
social pressure coming from supermarkets.
"This trend does even more damage than the government. When there is an imposition of the market, it is
necessary to follow it, because not doing it makes it very
complicated to take it afterward," Martínez said.
European producers face challenges because they are
transitioning to cage-free production. However, "those of
us who are ahead or on par with the movement, we are
going to have more possibilities in the future and more
profitability of our businesses."

Leaving cages behind is not a disaster
Although Martínez believes there is little consumer pressure, he thinks producers should listen to consumers
because there are always some comments "that are
right." The elimination of cages "is not a global disaster,
except for the poultry producer, because he/she has to

make very large investments and has to train professionals for managing the system."
In Europe, animal welfare for poultry is here to stay.
Some people do not care; they just want to eat a cheap and
healthy egg. However, there is another major group that
pays a penny and a half more, as long as the hen is free
from the day it hatches.

Animal welfare does not equal better efficiency
Caged production will always be more efficient because it
has made it possible to achieve maximum genetic excellence as various breeding companies have managed to
generate layers that produce more than 500 eggs.
Getting this in an aviary is practically impossible. In
comparison, on the floor, the average is 420 to 430 eggs
and, for free range and organic, about 400 eggs.
"In the best-case scenario, (cage-free housing
systems) would be equal to that of cages; productivity
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Pest control 10 years after FDA’s Egg Safety Rule
Iowa Cage Free delivering on hen welfare promise
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