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NZ phases out battery hens, Australia remains cagey

Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig is under pressure to ensure 12 million plus battery hens in Australia do not continue to live a cruel existence, following New Zealand's decision to ban new cage installation from today and phase out the industry by 2022, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"The responsibility to modernise factory farming to reduce animal cruelty is not on Minister Ludwig's radar and New Zealand's announcement shines a light on his sluggish performance," Senator Rhiannon said.

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