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Protecting the Rights of Florida's Pregnant Pigs

THE NATION | IN BRIEF / AND FINALLY . . .

November 06, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Advocates for the humane treatment of animals asked the Florida Supreme Court to approve a proposed constitutional amendment banning the caging of pregnant pigs in small crates.

Floridians for Humane Farms argued that some huge "factory farms" breed pigs for years in gestation crates that don't allow the pregnant animals to turn around.

Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States said the crates are not prevalent in Florida, but the amendment is aimed at keeping the big hog farms from moving in.

The court took the proposal under consideration.

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