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Editorial: The farm bill doesn't need an amendment that helps let chickens be treated cruelly

A decade ago, California passed an animal welfare ballot measure that outlawed a number of inhumane practices, most notably the penning of egg-laying hens in "battery cages" so minuscule the birds couldn't even spread their wings. The measure required California farmers to provide housing that allowed hens at least to stand, turn around and extend their limbs. Two years later, the state passed a law barring the sale of eggs from any farmer, in

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