Friday, July 9, 2010

Prop 2 Forces Cage-Free Only Eggs in CA

California cage law will apply to out-of-state eggs
Associated Press
Posted: 07/08/2010 04:31:12 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — California's two-year-old law to protect egg-laying hens has been extended to out-of-state egg suppliers who hope to sell their products in the state's grocery stores.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed AB1437 into law, calling it a positive step for California egg producers and animal welfare.

The measure requires that all eggs imported to California come from farms complying with Proposition 2, which was approved by voters in 2008. Violators could face up to 180 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Proposition 2 says cages for egg-laying hens must be large enough for the animals to stand up, lie down and extend their wings.

Both laws will take effect in 2015. Link

Let's look at what has happended here. Because of HSUS getting Prop 2 passed, consumers have less choices available to them at the grocery store in California. The choices that are left will be more expensive. This is exactly what their mission is, to force people to eat the food they decide is best. So the next time you hear Wayne and Co. claiming that they don't have a vegan agenda just remember what has now happened in California. This should be an incredible wake-up call for anyone who thinks HSUS is just a humane society.


Anonymous said...

Don't they import a lot of eggs anyway? Won't they just end up increasing how many eggs they import? I don't think this is going to make all eggs more expensive. Don't be so dramatic.

Doug said...

The anti-HSUS rhetoric is starting to sound like a broken record. I think you have forgotten that the population voted this measure into place, not HSUS. The true shame of it is the lack of understanding of ag by the general population. HSUS uses this to exploit their concerns/interests. Pointing a finger at HSUS and being reactive is no different than what they do when they point the finger at ag. We need to be proactive and make people aware of the alternatives of ag regulation - like food from Mexico where we cant officially apply ANY type of regulation.

Another thing: I am surprised you didnt report the facts that in the year prop 2 has past in California, free range egg sales have not increased. People want cheap food - and although they want it to be raised in "humane conditions (or whatever that means)", when given the option, they still wont pay more for it. Pretty hypocritical of the public since they were the ones who voted the issue into place. I wish i could find the link to the article, but it was pretty wide spread through Counties' Farm Bureau News.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I understand why it's such a problem... Seems to me all they're doing is trying to ensure the animals have adequate (hopefully adequate!) space to live. Why is this a bad thing? Besides, when more people buy the same thing, the price goes down.