Dutch accept EU rules on chicken coops

Farm minister Gerda Verburg said on Monday she expects Dutch poultry farmers will accept new EU standards for raising chickens for meat. Under the new rules which will become compulsory in 2010, factory farmers will be allowed to keep a maximum of 42 kilos of chickens (21 adult birds) per square metre. Most Dutch factory farms already operate similar standards. MEPs had called for a 34 kilo limit.

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