Friday, October 19, 2007

Fourth Florida City adopts battery cage resolution

According to the Miami Herald, Hollywood's city commission unanimously passed this resolution (pdf) condemning locking egg-laying hens in cramped cages, saying birds living in those conditions "endure lives wrought with suffering.'' Hollywood joins Winter Park, New Port Richey, and West Palm Beach that have previously passed similar ordinances. The previous post on the WPB ordinance is available here.

The Humane Society of the United States issued this press release on the Hollywood resolution, which includes the following notable quotes:

"Hollywood's commissioners are leading by example on an important animal welfare issue: the deplorable confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages," comments Paul Shapiro, senior director of The Humane Society of the United States' factory farming campaign. "This vote is further indication of increasing societal opposition to this type of animal abuse—the egg industry should heed the growing demand to end its use of battery cages."

Heather Veleanu, managing director for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, states, "The Hollywood City Commission should be applauded for becoming the latest in a snowballing number of Florida cities that have cast their socially responsible vote against battery cages."

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