Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) on a request from the Commission related to the welfare aspects of various systems of keeping laying hens


Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
Panel Members
Bo Algers; Harry J. Blokhuis; Donald Maurice Broom; Ilaria Capua; Stefano Cinotti; Michael Gunn; Jörg Hartung; Per Have; Javier Manteca Vilanova; David B. Morton; Michel Pépin, Dirk Udo Pfeiffer; Ronald John Roberts; José Manuel Sánchez Vizcaino; Alejandro Schudel; James Michael Sharp; Georgios Theodoropoulos; Philippe Vannier; Marina Verga; Martin Wierup, Marion Wooldridge; Herbert Budka, Sava Buncic, Pierre Colin, John D. Collins, Christian Ducrot, James Hope, Mac Johnston, Günter Klein, Hilde Kruse, Ernst Lücker, Simone Magnino, Antonio Martinez López, Riitta Liisa Maijala, Christophe Nguyen-Thé, Birgit Noerrung, Servé Notermans, George-John Nychas, Maurice Pensaert, Terence Roberts, Ivar Vågsholm, Emmanuel Vanopdenbosch, Jan Alexander, Herman Autrup, Denis Bard, Angelo Carere, Lucio Guido Costa, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Alessandro Di Domenico, Roberto Fanelli, Johanna Fink- Gremmels, John Gilbert, Philippe Grandjean, Niklas Johansson, Agneta Oskarsson, Andrew Renwick, Jirí Ruprich, Josef Schlatter, Greet Schoeters, Dieter Schrenk, Rolaf van Leeuwen, Philippe Verger.

The Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Animal Welfare wishes to thank the
members of the Working Group on Laying Hens: Ricardo Cepero, Pierrre Colin,
Arnold Elson, Linda Keeling, Virginie Michel, Christine Nicol, Thea Fiks van
Niekerk, Hans Oester and Ragnar Tauson for the preparation of the Scientific
Report, which has been used as the basis of this Scientific Opinion. The AHAW
Panel also wants to appreciate the collaboration of R. Cepero, P. Colin, Prof. C.A.
Kan, Dr. P. Fürst and Dr. R. van Leeuwen for they contributions on the chapter on
Food safety affected by different production systems of the Scientific Report. Panel
member Professor Harry Blokhuis is also member and the Chairman of the
Working Group.

Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
Question Number
10 November 2004
Published in the EFSA Journal
7 March 2005
Last Updated
21 March 2005. This version replaces the previous one/s.
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy

No abstract available

Laying hens, welfare, diseases, conventional cages, furnished cages, non cage system, behavioural priorities (nest-building, drinking, feeding and foraging, dust bathing, preening, wing flapping, perching, feather pecking, cannibalism)
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