6th February 2012: Andrew Brons is supporting a campaign by the British Egg Industry Council to stop eggs from countries still using caged hens for egg production, from coming into Britain.
In a letter to the MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, the Egg Council's Head of Public Affairs Giles Clifton, said:
"Since the beginning of 2012 conventional battery cages for egg production have been banned in the European Union.
"British Lion egg producers have spent some £400 million to meet this deadline, and are now producing eggs from higher welfare colony cages or non-cage systems.
"However, they are being put under pressure from eggs still being produced in barren battery cages in some other countries in the EU. Despite having had more than 12 years to prepare, more than 50 million laying hens, nearly a quarter of EU cage egg production, are still in barren battery cages in 2012. This is more than 40 million eggs a day.
"Pledge your support for the British egg industry and join the campaign to help ensure we do not get eggs from illegal cages in this country.
"Please go to www.legaleggs.com and click our pledge button to sign our petition and support British farmers!
"If you look for the Lion you can be sure that the eggs and egg products you use are legally compliant.
"If you would like to learn more please do not hesitate to get in touch."
Andrew's Constituency Office was pleased to be able to inform the Egg Council that the MEP had already raised the issue on two occasions in the European Parliament and had sent out Press Releases on both occasions to National and Yorkshire newspapers and media outlets to highlight the issue.