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.
Some commercial breeders in Oklahoma are sending their dogs to rescue groups over fear of not being able to meet new regulations set to take effect in January. The Commercial Breeders Act, slated for a public hearing today, requires breeders to pass inspections and hire one full-time employee for every 25 dogs, among other measures. Rescue groups say they'd rather have the dogs than have them sold at auction.
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.