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S.C. Leaders Crack The Case On Cage-Free Eggs

by 5m Editor
25 October 2007, at 9:56am

SANTA CRUZ - City leaders scrambled Tuesday to take on a hard-boiled issue: Encouraging consumers to be conscientious about their egg purchases.

The City Council unanimously adopted a resolution, proposed by Mayor Emily Reilly, in opposition of keeping egg-laying hens in battery cages and urging consumers to buy cage-free eggs.

The majority of the 300 million hens in the U.S. are raised in battery cages, which prevent the hens from stretching, nesting, perching or dust-bathing — all normal habits of a healthy hen, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

City officials called the farming practice "cruel and inhumane"

Santa Cruz joins nine other cities across the country, including Berkeley and West Hollywood, to endorse humane egg farming practices.

The resolution was supported by Aptos rancher Doug Glaum, who owns Glaum Egg Ranch and delivers cage-free eggs to more than 500 restaurants and grocery stores throughout the Monterey Bay region.

Source: SantaCruzsEntinel.com

5m Editor