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on July 14, 2010

Sanctuary groups oppose enriched cages

Groups argue no chicken cage acceptable

Directors of eight animal sanctuaries have joined with United Poultry Concerns in a statement opposing an egg industry move to use enriched cage systems for laying hens. Saying no cage is acceptable for chickens, the coalition said these do not meet the needs of hens, which are semi-migratory birds.

California in 2008 passed a law requiring laying hens there have enough room. In June, egg producer, J.S. West & Co. opened the first enriched cage system in the U.S. California. Joining United Poultry Concerns in opposing use of these cages are: Animal Place, Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary, Chicken Run Rescue, Chocowinity Chicken Sanctuary & Education Center Inc., Easter Shore Sanctuary and Education Center, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Sunnyskies Bird and Animal Sanctuary and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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