20 Sep '12, 9pm

Just How Small Should Chickens’ Cages Be?

Just How Small Should Chickens’ Cages Be?

Californians are battling on multiple fronts over the minimum amount of space a caged egg-laying hen should have. The current answer is bleak, as Care2 has described : 67 square inches, according to the Merced Sun-Star . The Humane Society states that “up to 50 million” chickens get “just 48 square inches.” California voters felt that wasn’t enough. They passed a 2008 state ballot to give hens extra space. The factory farms that cage hens did not take the result of that vote gracefully. Instead an egg farmer, William Cramer, sued, arguing that the ballot measure was unconstitutional, according to the Merced Sun-Star. A federal judge in Los Angeles handed the farmers another loss on September 12, ruling that the new law was constitutional. It gives egg-laying hens the right to “enough room to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their wings,” the Merced Sun-Star repor...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/just-how-small-should-chicken...

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