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Although the European Union shelved its ambitious farmed animal welfare reforms, there were other “wins” for farmed animals in 2023. There were 130 new corporate pledges to eliminate cages for laying hens and the worst abuses of broiler chickens. So far, over 1,000 corporate pledges have been fully implemented, and 39% of American hens, 60% of European hens, and 80% of British hens are cage-free, up from 6%, 41%, and 48%, respectively, a decade ago. The US Supreme Court upheld California’s Proposition 12, which bans the sale of eggs, pork, and veal from caged animals and their offspring in California. Denmark unveiled a plan to promote plant-based eating, and South Korea announced it would unveil such a plan soon. The European Parliament called for an EU-wide action plan for increased plant-based protein production and consumption. Other advances included positive actions on crustaceans in Britain and fish in the EU.