Mich. governor signs law giving farm animals room

LANSING, MI – Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation requiring that farm animals confined in small cages have enough room to turn around and fully extend their limbs.

The bill signed Monday makes Michigan 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 cages for hens and stalls for pregnant pigs will go away in about 10 years. The veal crates will be banned in three years.

Animal advocates consider close confinement inhumane.