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on July 27, 2010

Controversy over enriched colony cages continues

HSUS may reconsider condemnation of cages

The American Humane Association recently announced that it would endorse enriched colony cages in its certification program. Although the HSUS has announced its rejection of the system in according with an interpretation of California Proposition 2, there are hints from president and chief executive officer of the HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, that this decision may be reconsidered.

The HSUS wants to present a more reasonable and mainstream image, possibly resulting from the unpleasant revelations by HumaneWatch.org concerning lack of support for animal shelters and a liberal remuneration policy inconsistent with a non-profit organization.

However, there is strong opposition to any form of confinement of any livestock species. United Poultry Concerns, run by Dr. Karen Davis, has issued a statement opposing enriched cages and citing the HSUS report “Issues with furnished cages for egg-laying hens”.

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