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Poultry farmers launch attempt to clean up image

The Local · 16 Oct 2010, 14:41

Published: 16 Oct 2010 14:41 GMT+02:00

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“Currently, so much aggression has built up that for example, practically no new facilities can be built to produce poultry,” said Helmut Born, secretary general of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV). “But this is our most important production sector in Germany.”

He said the DBV wanted to hold discussions with animal rights groups on how to improve conditions.

The poultry industry has difficulty matching the increasing demand for its products with widespread disgust at how it operates.

One poultry farm was burned down in Sprötze, south of Hamburg, this July. It is being rebuilt, with the addition of an area for visitors to come and see what happens inside.

“The burned down farms in Sprötze will have a glass visitors area,” said Born. “We invite anyone who wishes to come and see the chicken stalls. We want to clearly show people what we do. We have nothing to hide there.”

The DBV is calling for the newly-introduced small group cages for egg-laying hens to be brought in worldwide, in order to prevent the German industry from being disadvantaged.

“If one really wants animal protection, one must at least achieve more unity worldwide,” said Born.

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The law which came into force at the start of the year means all German producers have to keep their hens in small group cages. Animal rights groups contest this leaves each animal less space than a piece of A4 paper.


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Your comments about this article

21:56 October 16, 2010 by grazhdanin
stop eating poultry, then the problem will go away - it's as easy as this, but still, some people seem to be too dumb to even realise that
18:19 October 17, 2010 by venkyfra
Good idea. So now they can go for organized tour of farm. Nice way of making money. :)
07:21 October 18, 2010 by Edmond Shelleda
So.......shut down all the German poultry farms. If you think you have problems now, just wait until all the poultry products are imported.

CHINA is just waiting for that to happen and start selling Germans the 18.6 kilos of poultry each German eats per year.

Who's going to inspect China's chicken farms??????
12:48 October 18, 2010 by JDee
buy organic free range if you can find it, as the volume increases the price will come down, the price of free range in the uk is amazingly cheap now compared to Germany
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