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New 'cage-free' initiative could have consequences

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United Egg Producers (UEP) and California Egg Farmers spent millions 10 years ago opposing Proposition 2, which banned cruel battery cages for egg-laying hens in factory farms throughout California. UEP and company were unsuccessful and the proposition passed. They are now seeking to "upgrade" the law they opposed by repealing its central provision.

The so-called "Prevent Cruelty California" initiative would immediately legalize battery cages. Current law states that hens must have room to fully spread both wings. This would be repealed. By rolling back Proposition 2, and violating the clear intent of voters, California egg factories would be forever allowed to provide hens with only 1 square foot per bird. The co-opted "Humane Society of the U.S." is currently circulating a petition purporting to offer "farm animal protection" and "prevent cruelty." This initiative, if passed, will remove protections and perpetuate cruelty. Pass the word and do not sign the petitions!

Jill V. Denton - Los Osos


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