PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a bill that would give caged chickens more freedom to spread their wings.
The House voted 61-9 to pass legislation that would ban overly crowded conditions for egg-laying hens. The bill now moves to the state Senate, where similar legislation has been blocked in recent years.
Deputy House Speaker Charlene Lima, a Cranston Democrat who supports the measure, took to the House floor on Thursday to say it’s a “shame” that the legislation keeps getting killed in the Senate.
She also criticized chicken owners who only “care about the dollar” and cruelly squeeze birds into restrictive cages.
Republican Rep. Mike Chippendale, who voted against it, says what’s killing the legislation is “common sense.”