Battery charges

Emma Millar (Letters, 31 December) is incorrect to say “battery cages have been abolished in Britain” (or any other EU country).

Seemingly a ban came into force on 1 January to scrap small cages which should have been replaced with bigger ones, a scheme backed up by the RSPCA.

While Britain enforced this EU directive, 13 other EU states have refused to conform. It’s stated that around £400 million has been spent by British farmers to comply.

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There are no restrictions on imports of EU eggs so, like the pig industry before it, our poultry industry is going to get hammered yet again. I know what way I’ll vote if and when we get a referendum. So much for “a level playing field”.

Robin Targett


Argyll and Bute