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Oregon Legislature votes to give chickens more room
  Tuesday June 7, 2011 - 9:42 AM
SALEM, Oregon - Lawmakers in Oregon want to give egg-laying hens more room to stretch their wings and move around.

The state House voted 51-8 on Monday to impose new requirements on egg producers, sending the measure to Gov. John Kitzhaber. The bill requires the state Department of Agriculture to come up with new standards for cages, lighting and ventilation based on from the American Humane Association, an animal rights group.

Individual hens would get at least 116 square inches of floor space, significantly more than they currently get.

A violation of the requirement would result in a $2,500 fine. The new requirements are phased in and fully take effect in 15 years.

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