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–Is Dem Chickens Crazy?

November 20, 2009

– – “Their bones and muscles waste away and they go insane.” So says a spokesman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about chickens raised in the so-called “battery cages” which measure 24 inches wide by 25-1/2 inches deep, and are shared by up to nine hens from the day that they are born to the day that their egg-laying days end 18 to 24 months later.  About 96% of the eggs sold in the United States come from chickens raised in such conditions.

Although the chickens can’t fully extend their wings in such cages, producers claim caged hens are healthier and satisfied with the only lives that they’ve ever known.  Producers contend that the chickens are not stuffed in so tightly that they can’t move around the cage, and that accordingly these conditions don’t constitute animal cruelty.

Public opinion appears to side with those who oppose the cages, and voters in California approved a proposition that bans cramped cages for hens.   Michigan’s governor signed legislation last month requiring confined animals to have enough room to turn around and fully extend their limbs.

A three-year study is being funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture on the issue.  I know what  Foghorn Leghorn thinks about the matter, but can’t quote what he said in a blog not rated for mature content…  😉