Full Statute Name:  Code of Recommendations and Minimum Standards for the Welfare of Layer Hens

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Popular Title:  Code of Recommendations and Minimum Standards for the Welfare of Layer Hens Primary Citation:  Code of Animal Welfare No. 18 Country of Origin:  Australia Last Checked:  August, 2015 Date Adopted:  1999
Summary: In New Zealand, hens are kept under conditions ranging from large commercial enterprises where the birds are totally reliant on humans for all their daily requirements to free-ranging hens which have access to outdoor runs or pasture. Provided those concerned with the day-to-day care of the hens treat them with skill and consideration, their welfare can be safeguarded under a variety of management systems. The code takes account of five basic requirements: freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition, the provision of appropriate comfort and shelter, the prevention, or rapid diagnosis and treatment, of injury, disease or infection, freedom from distress, and the ability to display normal patterns of behavior.
Documents:  PDF icon stnzlayerhencode.pdf (89.07 KB)
Statute Text: 

Link to the 2012 New Zealand Layer Hens code

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