Belgium Europe Fowl Play

January 11, 2012 - 5:11 AM
In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 6, 2012, farmer Eric Pierart, left, and his son Ludovic, pose for a photograph alongside thousands of hens caged in his renovated barn in Fleurus, Belgium. A dozen years after the European Union set Jan. 1, 2012 as the date to eliminate the most cramped cages to improve the living standards of egg laying hens, half of the 27 European Union nations have failed to fully comply. Pierart says he spent some euro 1.5 million ($1.9 million) on new equipment for 100,000 chickens to comply with EU legislation. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)