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Changing the Rules about Chicken Cages
News Bytes 10/9/2018 19 Comments

Just how big should a chicken cage be? California voters thought they’d already weighed in on the matter. But lawmakers in California think the rules about cages for egg-laying hens aren't strict enough.

In 2008, voters ushered in Proposition 2. The law sought to free egg-laying hens from tiny cages. It didn’t outlaw cages but barred California farmers from keeping hens in pens so small they almost couldn’t move. Now voters are being asked to revisit the issue with Proposition 12, the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative.

The Humane Society of the United States says California needs the measure to update standards. They also want to apply the rules to out-of-state farmers selling products in California. The earlier initiative simply stated the animals must be able to turn around freely, stand up, and fully extend their limbs—but set no specifics.

A “yes” vote for Proposition 12 would create new minimum size requirements for confinement: one square foot of floor space each for chickens. It would also require that all egg-laying hens be cage-free by 2022.

Many people oppose the measure. They say it would likely result in an increase in prices, partly because farmers would have to remodel or build new housing for animals. But others say the measure doesn’t go far enough to stop animal cruelty.

If approved, the measure could cost the state as much as $10 million a year to enforce—and millions more in lost tax money from farms that stop or reduce production because of higher costs.

Should government be able to tell farmers how big a chicken coop must be? The Bible says that righteous people care about the animals that they own. (Proverbs 12:10) How does that compare with your answer to the first question?

(AP Photo: Chickens in a cage at an egg-processing plant)

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my first first comment!!

interesting, maybe the chicken coops are getting larger because chickens are getting larger.

Yes!

This is an awesome idea. So many animals are treated terribly in farms and I'm glad people are taking steps to fix it.

Bethany H

Yeah, I think that the government should put a cage size minimum... but also farmers should be aware that their animals will probably lay more and be healthier if they have a cage where they are able to move around freely... maybe about two square feet and at least a foot and a half high...

Poor Chickens

Poor Chickens

Yay chickens

sooo glad they are get proper treatment.

I think that it is important

I think that it is important to make sure animals are treated fairly but I also feel that if this measure passes the government will have a whole lot of control. I think that most likely if you treat your chickens poorly they will not lay very good quality eggs and then people will not want to buy your eggs. Therefore if you want people to buy your eggs you will make sure that your chickens have room to move around and a varied diet.

@Katrina W.

Yes, this will increase government control, but without it nothing will change. There are still massive institutions that make a huge profit by treating their animals terribly, and unfortunately they don't seem to be losing money due to people choosing higher quality eggs over a lower price. I think increased laws are important if we are going to make any progress in animal welfare.

Hopefully

Hopefully laws will also be passed that change the minimum requirements for pigs, cows, sheep, etc. because they way these animals are treated is insane.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

IF THE GOVERNMENT DOES REQUIRE ALL FARMERS TO GO CAGE-FREE BY 2022, THIS WOULD DRIVE UP EGG PRICES BECAUSE CHICKEN FARMERS WOULD NEED MORE LAND AND BECAUSE THE HENS WOULD BE EXPOSED TO MORE DESEASES AND PREDATORS. LESS PEOPLE WOULD BUY EGGS AND THEN THE FARMERS WOULD HAVE A LOT OF CHICKENS THEY DON'T NEED. THEY THEN MIGHT GO OUT OF BUSINESS. ON THE OTHER HAND, CHRISTIANS ARE SUPPOSED TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR ANIMALS, BUT WHERE EXACTLY IS THAT LINE? IF THE CHICKENS ARE PERFECTLY HAPPY IN REASONABLY-SIZED CAGES, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT FORCE FARMERS TO GO CAGE-FREE

@Edraypa D.

I don't think roaming around freely opposed to put together in conditions so tight you can't turn around would increase diseases, I would think it would lessen them. in the US about 80% of all antibiotics produced are for livestock.

Meat

Meat is also an incredibly wasteful way of feeding people,
as explained in this great video I highly recommend watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxvQPzrg2Wg

If egg prices go up people

If egg prices go up people with less money will not be to afford eggs as easily.

I think that it is to the

I think that it is to the maximum measure to chickens and doesn't need to go higher

A.R.

I don't think that they should make a cage-free law but maybe a reasonable size limit would be good. I think that the old one is fine and that it is not worth $10 million dollars per year to do something new. Just making people more informed on how small chicken pens are should help make these companies either shut down or reform.

A.R. @ Zack W.

Do you think you could tell me the main information from that video? I can't watch it very easily, but I'm interested to know the reasoning since my first impulse would be to disagree with the idea that meat was a wasteful way of feeding people.

" The sun came up again i don't believe it" moment

Ok a whole square foot for a chicken is a lot of room. I could see a pasture of land with a 1000 chicken rooming free thats differant, with proper shelter this would be more effictive to raising better, fuller, tastier chickens.

@A.R.

Humans keep a lot of animals for food. Currently, about 23 billion chickens, 1.5 billion cattle, 1 billion pigs and 1 billion sheep. That's a lot of mouths to feed, so we have transformed earth into a giant feeding ground. 83% of it's farmland is used for livestock, for example, pasture and fodder crops like corn and soy. thats 26% of earths total land area. if we include the water we need from these plants, meat and dairy production accounts for 27% of global freshwater usage. Unfortunately, meat production is like a black hole for resources. Since animals are living things, most of their food is used to keep them alive while they grow their tasty parts. Only a fraction of the nutrients from the fodder crops end up in the meat we buy. Cows, for example convert only 4% of the proteins and 3% of the calories we feed them into beef, more than 97% of the calories are lost to us. To create 1kg of steak a cow needs to eat up to 25kg of grain and uses up to 1,500 liters of water. Animal products are guzzling up tons of food and resources, but they only make up 18% of the calories humans eat. According to projections, we could nourish an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we give to animals. To make meat even more unsustainable, about 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are created by the meat industry. As much as by all planes ships trucks and cars combined.

That is the part about about how unsustainable meat is, there are other parts in the video about how animals are treated, and some other things, but that would be a lot of stuff to copy.

@Zack W.

If we include the water we *use for* these plants, not "need from".

A.R. @ Zack W.

Thanks Zack! Yeah, I agree that is a lot to write down! Thanks for taking the time to type that all out! I totally see what you're saying.
Maybe, we should stop feeding our cows grain and instead feed them grass (which we can't eat anyway), then we can still eat beef plus grain that would have been fed to them.

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