Department of Animal Industry Deputy Director Wang Chung-shu (王忠恕) made the remark in response to animal rights groups’ calls for cage-free eggs. By the end of this year, its nationwide stores are to set up special zones to promote cage-free eggs, it said. Open Wing Alliance vice president Aaron Ross displayed pictures taken at Taiwanese egg farms, showing chickens crowded in battery cages, and called on the farmers to join the global trend of cage-free egg farming. The council has no timetable to ban battery cages, as more communication with egg farmers is needed, Wang said. Most egg farmers at the meeting said they do not object to rearing free-range chickens, but added that they are deterred by potentially higher costs and limited market access.
Source: Taipei Times May 15, 2018 16:04 UTC