(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 mentioned in any of the following provisions of the Eggs (Labelling and Sale) Act 2001
, schedule 1 (Conditions under which hens are kept):
(a) item 2, column 3 (which is about the production of eggs in a barn on a single level);
(b) item 3, column 3 (which is about the production of eggs in a barn that has additional levels of nesting and perching space);
(c) item 4, column 3 (which is about the production of eggs in a free-range system).
"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.