Thank you for contacting me about the welfare of farm animals with specific concern given to those who are caged.
I am aware of an e-petition calling for the end the use of cages for farmed animals. I understand that a Westminster Hall debate has been scheduled on the subject on 20 June 2022. I will follow this debate closely.
I would like to assure you that I take the welfare of all animals very seriously. I know that the Government is committed to maintaining our world-leading farm animals welfare standards, and ministers will deliver a series of ambitious reforms, as outlined in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare.
One of the ways in which the Government wishes to improve the welfare of farm animals is strengthening protections against animal confinement, and I know that the Government is actively exploring options to phase out the use of cages in farming, including enriched cages for laying hens, farrowing crates for pigs and cages for breeding pheasants and partridges.
I hope this reassures you as to the Government’s plans moving forward.
Sally-Ann Hart MP