A new Associated Press-Petside.com poll of 1,000 American owners indicated that 53% intend to buy their pets a gift this holiday, with more women than men intending to buy presents. The poll also found that 56% of dog owners are likely to buy their pets a holiday present, compared with 48% cat owners.
A European study found that children whose mothers were exposed to farm animals and cats while pregnant had a lower risk of a skin disease called atopic dermatitis than those born to mothers who didn't live in farms. Researchers also found two genes linked to a decreased risk of the skin disease, supporting the gene-environment theory in the development of a child's immune system.
Egg farmer J.S. West of Modesto, Calif., has asked a court to rule on exactly how big cages are required to be under Proposition 2, a humane-treatment law approved as a ballot measure by voters in 2008. J.S. West's lawsuit says the law -- which banned confining crates and cages for hens, veal calves and pregnant sows -- is too vague and doesn't give the exact dimensions for enclosures.