Cage-Free in California

On November 4, 2008, Proposition 2 passed by an overwhelming majority, freeing chickens from their cruel, constraining cages and giving all California chickens a little more leg room.  By January 1, 2015, all chicken farms will be required to go cage-free.

The proposition extends to other animals as well, mandating that calves raised for veal and soon-to-be mommy pigs must have the ability to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs, and turn around freely.  While this doesn’t necessarily ensure completely humane animal farming practices, at least it’s a start.

To add to the the bill, this past July, Governor Schwarzenegger extended the law to require that all eggs imported into California meet the same standards.  California will officially become the first cage-free state.  With hope, others will soon follow.

Currently, California houses a market that contains about 10% of the nation’s eggs, expected to nearly double the current cage-free egg market of which equals approximately 6% of the national market.  It’s predicted that hundreds of millions of eggs will now come from cage-free eggs.

It’s a start, and a good one at that.

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    September 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I wish this would happen sooner… but at least we are heading in the right direction

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    Simply Life
    September 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    wow, that’s amazing! So glad to see changes happening!

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    Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    September 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I love to hear that. I think this is wonderful. I always make sure to buy cage free eggs. Still it doesn’t ensure how long they are cage free, etc. This law is a great start!

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    September 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    wow, that’s incredible!!! way to go California! (p.s. does it seem like Schwarzenegger has been in office for 20 years now? who would’ve thought. :P)

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    October 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

    It is a great start. Though I’d like to know their definition of cage free. The city I lived in just passed a law allowing people in the city to have chickens. There are a lot of stipulations, so I am not sure how convenient it will be for people. Anyway, here’s hoping the whole US will go cage free and eventually free range!

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