(1) A person commits an offence if—
(a) the person keeps laying fowls for commercial egg production; and
(b) the fowls are not kept in appropriate accommodation.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.
(3) In this section:
"appropriate accommodation", for laying fowls kept by a person, means accommodation that is in accordance with, or an improvement on, the conditions stated in the Eggs (Labelling and Sale) Regulation 2019
in relation to—
(a) aviary eggs; or
(b) barn eggs; or
(c) free-range eggs.
Note Aviary eggs, barn eggs and free-range eggs are defined in the Eggs (Labelling and Sale) Act 2001
as eggs laid by hens kept in conditions stated in the Eggs (Labelling and Sale) Regulation 2019
"commercial egg production" does not include egg production by a person the main purpose of which is the production of eggs for the person's own consumption.
"laying fowl" means a female domesticated chicken ( Gallus gallus ) that is 16 weeks old or older.