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(US/wa) Kindness-for-hens initiative is filed

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    Animal rights advocates filed a citizen initiative today to require more room for egg-laying hens that many industry farms keep in close-fitting cages. The
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 19, 2011
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      Animal rights advocates filed a citizen initiative today to require
      more room for egg-laying hens that many industry farms keep in
      close-fitting cages.

      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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      full story:
      http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/01/19/1824816/kindness-for-hens-initiative-is.html

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