Kinder, Gentler Hens

A sensible and well-informed CivilEats.com article looks at the effort to breed less aggressive layer hens, and puts this research into the context of battery cage vs. cage-free systems.

Basically, the problem of hen aggression solves itself if you give the animals plenty of space and good conditions. Naturally, the egg industry would do anything to avoid resorting to such a radical measure. (Via Paul.) Link.