WHS hails California livestock law

The Winnipeg Humane Society last week congratulated California voters for passing Proposition 2 to phase out farmers’ use of gestation crates for breeding sows, battery cages for laying hens and crates for veal calves. WHS executive director Bill McDonald said the society has asked to meet with Premier Gary Doer “to review farm confinement practices in Manitoba.” Also citing California’s vote, a Toronto group, the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, criticized federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz for not moving on the animal welfare file.

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