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Farm Animal Confinement on Decline

by Rachel Levitt


Tags: Environment, Green Living, animal confinement, cage-free farming, Worldwatch Institute,

Caged ChickensFarm animals are beginning to breathe (and move) a little easier. After much pushing by U.S. voters and European Union policy reforms, farming companies the world over are finally changing their animal confinement policies, Ben Block reports on Worldwatch.org. Besides the impact on animal welfare, close confinement also spreads disease and  increases pollution and bacteria resistance, things that can and do affect human health. Farmers, as well as food industry giants like Burger King and Safeway, are responding to customer concern and have begun to phase out inhumane confinement practices such as breeding pig crates and chicken battery cages.

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