US state votes against bigger chicken cages
A move to guarantee egg-laying hens cages big enough
to allow them to spread their wings died in the New Hampshire House this
Supporters have voiced their opinion saying that chickens should not be
kept in cages that limit their movement and that don't allow birds to spread
their wings. According to the critics, however, the production methods are
scientifically accepted and necessary to manage the health and vitality of the
The House killed one bill that would have banned the practice in New
Hampshire; although supporters acknowledged there was no evidence of abuse in
the state. The ban also would have applied to domesticated turkey, duck, goose
and guinea used to produce eggs.
Representatives also killed a second bill that would have required the
state to buy its eggs from farmers who don't confine their hens in the small
cages. Supporters said that it would help New Hampshire's egg-producers.
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