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1. Battery cages which do not provide a nest box, perch or litter arguably cause hens frustration and suffering. It may be that battery cages in their present form should be phased out throughout the EU if hens can be practically provided with greater space, nests, perches and possibly scratching, foraging and dust bathing facilities in other systems without increasing injurious pecking. FAWC is of the opinion that the use of conventional battery cages should be phased out in the long term with the following provisos which should be energetically pursued:

2. We group our recommendations into three basic categories: