Tuesday, November 18, 2008

CA Egg Farmers Left Wondering

Prop. 2's impact still debated
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The Press-Enterprise

Egg-laying hens in California have won the right to have more wing room, but the industry that sells their eggs contends a proposition granting those rights is unclear.

Prop. 2, crafted by the Humane Society of the United States and supported by 63.2 percent of California voters, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and demands that animals be given enough space on farms to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. The law applies to egg-laying hens as well as pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal.

Egg producers contend the cost will be serious.

Gary Foster, general manager of egg producer Norco Ranch, said the company doesn't know what its next step will be, but moving out of state is "always an option." Read More

Now that the vote is over, the HSUS answer to how egg farmers are supposed to survive in California after passage of Prop 2 is that they will have to be “innovative and adaptive”. Before the vote, they continued to say how this wasn’t going to cost jobs or it would only add very little expense to the cost of producers and the retail price of eggs. This group could care less about the humans that will suffer because of this vote, be it the producers or family on a budget that can’t afford the high priced food they are trying to force on consumers.

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