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Can inhumane ways of raising fowl in Taiwan be changed?

2022/04/29 21:32

Taiwan recently issued a ban on new duck egg farms housing egg-laying ducks in "battery cages" -- small A4 paper-size enclosures stuffed with as many as three ducks. The ban followed an Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan's (EAST) investigation revealing ducks crammed into tiny, barren cages without access to water exhibiting repetitive head bobbing behavior and open foot wounds. But will the ban make a dent in this NT$1.8 billion (US$60 million) industry? And will it have any effect on Taiwan's much bigger NT$21 billion egg-laying chicken industry? Some 80% to 90% of Taiwan's 40 million egg-laying chickens are raised in small cages, which means a vast majority of the 7.7 billion eggs produced each year in Taiwan are from chickens housed in conditions deemed inhumane. Take a look at how ducks and chickens are raised.

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