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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Spreading their Wings in California

Most of the chickens that provide the eggs we eat are raised in tiny cages that just barely allow the chicken to turn around. That is all that is required by law, so that is all that is provided to the conventional chicken. It's kind of a sad life for the chicken, but it is also a disgusting way to produce the protien source so many of us fill our baked goods and bellies with, as the cages can be stacked on top of each other, allowing the chickens to drop their waste products on top of each other.

Here is the good news!

"In California last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law requiring that all whole eggs sold in the state conform to the provisions of Proposition 2, the humane farming law that was embraced by state voters in a landslide in 2008. By 2015, every whole egg sold in the state must come from a hen that is able to stretch her wings, standing or lying, without touching another bird or the edges of her cage. This requirement would at least relieve the worst of the production horrors that are common in the industry now.

Since California does not produce all the eggs it eats, this new law will have a wider effect on the industry; every producer who hopes to sell eggs in the state must meet its regulations. "

-The New York Times

Yahoo for Californians!

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