Bill to Protect the health and welfare of broiler chickens kept indoor husbandry systems.

Bill to Protect the health and welfare of broiler chickens kept indoor husbandry systems.

1.There shall be inserted in the Animal Health Act 1981 the following section-

38a: (1) It shall be an offence to keep or knowingly cause or permit to be kept any broiler chicken in an indoor husbandry system except where-

  1. the broiler chickens are stocked at a density which does not exceed seven birds per square metre;
  2.  the flock size does not exceed 3,000 broiler chickens;
  3.  the broiler chicken is given a sufficient quantity of suitable food to prevent hunger;
  4. the chicken has legs of sufficient strengh to support its body weight and enable it to walk without difficulty;
  5. the flock is inspected at least twice each day and any broiler chicken having difficulty in walking or who is
  6. otherwise injured or diseased is removed and is either treated by, or as instructed by, a veterinary surgeon,
  7. or where a veterinary surgeon advises that such treatment is not practicable, is humanely slaughtered;
  8. the litter is kept clean and at all times; and
  9.  the broiler chickens are collectedd for transport to the slaughterhouse in such a manner as to avoid any injurt to the birds.

(2) A person quilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(3) In this section “broiler chicken” means a domestic fowl kept for meat production or breeding.”

2.

(1) This Act may be cited as the the Welfare of Broiler Chickens Act 1996.

(2) This Act shall come into force at the end of the period of one year beginning on the day on which it is passed.