According to reports, Israel’s Agriculture Ministry’s proposed poultry reform has opponents complaining it is inhumane to birds, will blight the landscape and offers unequal benefits to those in agriculture. Proponents believe the plan will save money.

The changes stem from the cabinet resolution calling for the relocation of family-run chicken farms in the Upper Galilee region to several dozen centralized locations. The change involves more than 500 coops. The government says large, centrally-located coops will be more efficient. Opponents believe larger bird facilities will impact the Upper Galilee's mountainous landscape.

Another controversial part of the plan is that small coop owners will receive financial help to convert to new businesses.

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