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Chicken shortage forces Easter bunny to import eggs

DPA/The Local · 30 Mar 2010, 12:19

Published: 30 Mar 2010 12:19 GMT+02:00

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“With the cage ban we have lost 15 percent of the animal population,” president of the National Union of Farmers (DBV) Gerd Sonnleitner told daily Rheinische Post on Monday. “Right now we are producing only about half of our eggs ourselves.”

Many farms have given up selling eggs due to the high cost of switching over to friendlier methods of production after the January 1 ban went into effect, he explained.

To make up the difference in demand, the rest of the eggs are imported, many of them from the Netherlands or Belgium.

Some EU countries still allow battery cages even as the practice is being phased out, and there is no ban on importing these eggs, Financial Times Daily reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the German government defended the battery cage ban, saying it had taken a leading role in implementing the ban ahead of the European Union-wide end to battery cages set for 2012.

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“Those who have switched over in time can profit significantly from the current egg market situation,” a ministry spokesperson told news agency DPA on Monday.

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Your comments about this article

12:43 March 30, 2010 by berlinski
And these imported eggs will come from the same battery hens that would have been in Germany without the ban. Imports of eggs produced by battery hens should also be banned or else it is a pointless exercise.
13:19 March 30, 2010 by michael4096
@berlinski - its just a timing problem. The other countries must also stop battery production before any import ban can be put in place.
09:26 March 31, 2010 by OMFG
@michael4096 - Sure! We first stop battery production everywhere, and THEN we ban the import of something that doesn't exist anymore then. It's just a timing problem...
11:03 March 31, 2010 by design
and what do these eggs have to do with christ?
12:14 March 31, 2010 by michael4096
@OMFG - Maybe the phrasing could be better...

Before anybody can put an import ban in place, the other coutries must have already stopped using batteries. Making the bans superfluous.

Is that clearer?
04:58 April 2, 2010 by theo7777777
Looks like its the shape of things to come if the city people are allowed to control the farms. This just the start of supply problems.
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