§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects the use of veal crates to be phased out.
§ Mrs. Fenner
The code of recommendations for the welfare of cattle, which was approved by Parliament in 1982, militates against methods associated with the veal crate system and recommends livestock keepers to consider the adoption of loose-housing systems.
Loose-housing systems are being increasingly used and most calves reared for veal are now kept in such systems.
The Government welcome this shift away from the veal crate system and will continue to encourage compliance with the recommendations of the welfare codes.