Animal Confinement Restrictions Now MI Law


Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) signed legislation on Monday that requires farm animals confined in small cages to have enough room to turn around and fully extend their limbs. Michigan is now the second state to ban commonly used cages for egg-laying chickens, the fifth to ban common crates for veal calves and the seventh to ban certain stalls for pregnant pigs.

The new law exempts research, veterinary treatment, transportation, at rodeos and state fairs, and during slaughter. In the case of pregnant sows, the housing requirements apply up to seven days before expected birth.

Michigan farmers will have three years to comply with the veal-calf restrictions and 10 years to comply with the rules for pregnant sows and egg-laying hens.

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