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Washington State Poll Shows Consumer Attitudes about Egg Farming Practices

In a January telephone poll conducted for the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), The Gilmore Research Group showed that 91% of respondents find it acceptable for hens to have access to natural light and the opportunity to engage in natural behaviors, including walking, perching, scratching, stretching their wings and dustbathing. 69% found tiny wire cages for hens unacceptable, 58% found debeaking unacceptable, and 82% found forced molting by food deprivation unacceptable. 81% of those surveyed said they would be consider paying 2 to 4 cents more per egg from hens who were not caged, force molted, debeaked, or kept on antibiotics.