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Leadership in Action
Aug 12, 2010
An agreement has nearly been reached in Ohio that will bar the construction of any new chicken barns that pack birds into battery cages or new hog barns that confine pregnant sows in small metal cages on top of concrete pads.
On a typical egg farm in Ohio, each bird has space equivalent to about an 8" by 11" piece of paper -- far too small to exercise a range of natural behaviors that help reduce stress and keep birds healthy.
The agreement is being pushed by unusual allies -- the Humane Society of the United States and the Ohio Farm Bureau. These two organizations have decided to try compromise and cooperation to advance the rate of progress toward healthier, more humane ways to raise animals.
For this, and on behalf of the farm animals in Ohio, they deserve the Organic Center's leadership in action award.