From the beginning, the deputies are divided into two main camps. Toman is a supporter of the current situation. He insisted that each consumer decide for himself which breeding of eggs he preferred.
“If there is a ban on cage farming, I believe that it should be set uniformly throughout the EU, because the ban only for the Czech Republic will worsen the competitiveness of our farmers and eggs from cage farming will be imported into the Czech Republic,” he said during the parliamentary debate.
He added that he had already initiated the European Council to ban caged laying hens for the whole of the European Union. However, Toman was not supported by the Social Democrats either, six CSSD deputies voted for a ban on breeding from 2027, the others abstained or were excused from the meeting.
MPs did not support YES Babiš
Members of the ODS, TOP 09, Pirates, KDU-ČSL and SPD also spoke in favor of banning cage breeding. The bill then divided the YES movement. While Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) has long supported the ban, the chairman of the parliamentary club, Jaroslav Faltýnek, met with Minister Toman.
Most of the deputies stood behind Faltýnek YES. The Prime Minister did not take part in the vote.
“It’s a campaign of philosophers”
YES MP Margita Balaštíková spoke at the plenary session on Wednesday. She joined the organization OBRAZ – Ochranci zvířat. Its members built an enlarged replica of a cage on Malostranské náměstí, in which, for example, Pirates, singer Tomáš Klus or actor Jakub Prachař closed themselves.
“The campaign is led by those who do not eat meat,” Balaštíková said, adding that it was organized mainly by students from the faculties of philosophy. “What was the campaign about? That philosophers tell us farmers that we are doing it wrong, “she explained.
The amendment will now travel to the Senate. If he approves it, President Miloš Zeman will get it on the table.