Most Americans strongly oppose the use of battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates to cruelly confine animals on factory farms—and so does the ASPCA. We are proud to announce that we will be joining a growing list of animal welfare, family farming, food safety and environmental groups in support of the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act to end the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens in Washington.
Nearly six million egg-laying hens in the state of Washington are forced to spend their entire lives crammed in small wire cages with less space than a sheet of paper to live. If passed, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would require that egg-laying hens have enough room to turn around and extend their wings. The measure would also make the sale of eggs from battery cage facilities illegal.
“Intensive confinement of factory farm animals is not only inhumane, but also harmful to public health and the environment,” says Matt Bershadker, Senior Vice President of Anti-Cruelty at the ASPCA. “We hope that efforts such as the one in Washington will continue to spread across the country, and that the cruel practices of factory farms will be a thing of the past.”
If approved by voters, the measure will take effect in 2018, giving producers more than six years to transition to more humane housing systems.
You can make a difference in the lives of millions of battery hens by supporting the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act in any way you can. If you're a Washington resident, please visit www.humanewa.com for more ways you can get involved and help transform your state into a leader in humane farming.
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