Look out Californians: Egg prices are expected to rise as a result of the state’s new chicken welfare law.
Farmers are prohibited from housing farm animals in cramped cages under Proposition 2, also known as the California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. The cage systems sometimes house tens of thousands of chickens in stacked rows of 8-by-8 inch wire cages, and activists say the law will prevent suffering and reduce the chances of salmonella contamination.
The cost to chicken farmers of upgraded housing is expected to translate to a 10 to 40 percent increase in the price of wholesale eggs next year, reports the Los Angeles Times. The chickens must be able to ”turn around freely, lie down, stand up or fully extend their limbs,” which means many farmers have or will have to get rid of cages and keep fewer chickens to allow the animals more space.
California voters overwhelmingly approved the law in 2008.
The average voter out there on the left coast is both whacky and woefully ignorant of how food is produced, so they whooped this law through and, satisfied, have sat back to enjoy their omelette. As usual, the liberal elite that sponsored this bill will pay far more for a basic staple and be delighted; their poorer cousins will just buy Twinkies.