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(US/ca) So, what should come f irst – the chicken or the egg?

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    Move to outlaw the keeping of hens in small wire cages splits California, with farmers saying it could put them out of business. WHAT do hens want – and how
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2008
      Move to outlaw the keeping of hens in small wire cages splits
      California, with farmers saying it could put them out of business.
      WHAT do hens want – and how do humans know?

      That's the issue at the heart of a fierce battle looming in California
      between animal rights campaigners and egg producers over the welfare
      of caged hens. The outcome could crack the state's $300 million

      A vote in November on whether to give more space to breeding pigs and
      calves raised for veal could also make California the first US state
      to ban the housing of egg-laying hens in small wire cages.

      If the law is passed – and support for it is running at 63 per cent,
      according to a poll – most of California's egg producers would be
      driven out of business, opponents say.

      Proposition 2 would give the state's 20 million laying hens, most of
      which have less floor space than an A4-size piece of paper, enough
      room in which to spread their wings, lie down, stand up and turn
      round.

      If approved, the measure will come into force in 2015.
      ...
      THE European Union will bring its ban on keeping laying hens in tiny
      cages into effect in 2012 – from that date it will allow only
      "enriched" cages, which offer a bit more room.

      An estimated 200 million hens in the 27 EU countries are kept in cages.

      Official figures show that 62 per cent of Britain's 29 million laying
      hens are kept in battery cages, while a third are free-range and 4 per
      cent are kept in barns.

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      full story:
      http://business.scotsman.com/fooddrinkagriculture/So-what-should-come-first.4348032.jp

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