Animal rights advocates filed a citizen initiative today to require
more room for egg-laying hens that many industry farms keep in
The Humane Society and Farm Sanctuary are part of the coalition that
formed to promote the proposal, which is intended to give the industry
six years to comply in 2018. The coalition calls itself Washingtonians
for Humane Farms and says 6 million Washington hens are kept in cages
that lack room for the birds to spread wings or turn around.
Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the Humane Society in Washington, D.C.,
said animal rights advocates have tried in recent years to promote
cage-free legislation but could not get around industry opposition.
And talks with the industry did not lead to agreements, so they are
filing an initiative.
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