Success: Egg-Laying Hens Given Larger Enclosures

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Target: Governor of California Jerry Brown

Goal: Applaud new requirement in California that provides egg-laying hens with larger enclosures

Eggs sold in California are now required to come from hens that have larger enclosures, thanks to a new law that recently went into effect. This legislation is a major victory for both animal welfare activists and hens. Tell Governor Jerry Brown that the state is moving in the right direction regarding humane treatment of animals by signing this petition.

Force Change recently published a petition urging signers to end the mistreatment of egg-laying hens. Many farmers began mislabeling their products as “organic” and “free-range” when this was entirely false. Many hens were placed in small, cramped cages where they could barely move and farmers were classifying this as free range. California’s new law mandates that all eggs sold in the state must come from chickens who are able to “lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs, and turn around freely” in their cages.

The legislation is a product of animal welfare activists and farmers working together. The problem with legislation that supports animal welfare is that it becomes costly for farmers. In the case of Sweden, where pig farmers had to make sure their pigs could roam, farmers spent a fortune on hay, which drove up the price of pork. It resulted in many farmers going out of the business and the country importing much of their pork. California’s new law will still give farmers a chance to be competitive without losing out on their profits.

In regards to animal welfare, this legislation is moving in the right direction. Hens may not be entirely free range, but they will at least be able to move around in their cages. Sign this petition and applaud Governor Jerry Brown for this progressive and humane legislation.


Dear Governor Jerry Brown,

In 2015, California’s new law will take effect, requiring farmers to ensure that their hens have enough room to move around in their cages. This law is a huge victory for animal welfare activists who have been vying for more humane treatment of livestock. This law has been tweaked and modified over the years and it’s resulted in benefits for both farmers and activists.

While hens are not required to be free range, this new law is a step towards humane treatment. I hope that California will continue to be a pioneer for animal welfare and know that you have my gratitude for creating this law.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary via Flickr

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  1. Doesn’t look much larger, and they are still restricted and crowded indoors, no fresh air and in artificial light. Not my idea of justice towards any animals who serve us with essential necessities.

  2. It’s not enough.

  3. There is not such thing as “cage free eggs” or humane nonhuman animal agriculture.

  4. It isn’t enough but it’s better than nothing. Maybe more will be done eventually. I live in hope.

  5. YES! This is very good news!

    Please do a google search for HFAC — “CERTIFIED HUMANE RAISED & HANDLED”

  6. Leola Knudsen says:

    While this is a step in the right direction, more needs to be done. Go vegan.

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