Animal Activism Hurts Families

eggs in cartonIf you’ve bought eggs lately, you’ve no doubt noticed they’ve become a bit more expensive. What’s worse, prices will likely only continue to rise. And no matter where you live, the blame all points back to one state: California.

On January 1 of this year, California’s Proposition 2 went into effect, forcing egg producers to adopt costly new standards for their operations. At the urging of animal liberation groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), voters passed Prop 2 in 2008 to impose new allegedly “humane” mandates on egg producers. It was widely assumed that the law required egg producers to use larger cages in their operations—Prop 2 only made general requirements but didn’t mandate a specific space requirement. Many farmers invested heavily in revamping their operations to be in accordance with state regulations requiring hens to be housed in cages at least 116 square inches in size.

A 2010 companion measure went into effect simultaneously, extending Prop 2’s cage requirements to all out-of-state egg producers that wish to sell their products in the nation’s most populous state as well. Thus, all Americans are forced to pay for a measure passed in a single state.

Now that the laws have been implemented, however, HSUS is throwing its weight into arguing that producers should use no cages at all—just to be totally sure they comply with the law. If HSUS’s argument is successful, expect prices to rise even further.

All this has caused egg prices in California to jump 66% higher than in other parts of the West, while wholesale egg prices jumped 35% in the lead up to Prop 2’s implementation.

Worst of all, the price increases resulting from Prop 2 and its companion measure will cause the greatest harm to the most disadvantaged segments of society. As a recent report from Iowa State University points out, low-income individuals will be disproportionately harmed by the legislation, as they often rely on eggs as an affordable protein substitute in lieu of pricier meat-based options.

What’s more, these measures were sold to Californians as a more humane way of raising hens or “food safety.” However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cage-free operations have higher rates of internal parasites and hen mortalities than traditional cage systems. Manure management may also not be as advanced in cage-free systems.

But when you’re a group of animal liberation extremists who think ice cream is a form of animal cruelty, caring about low-income Americans won’t take precedence over your ideology.

Posted on 02/06/2015 at 12:22 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • fearnot

    Which Comes First ? The chicken or the Child The egg or the Elderly . HSUS cares nothing for people .. only animals.. oh and of course MONEY

  • fearnot

    The egg council should have used that statement with a video of a child in a shleter eating scrambled eggs and an elderly person shaking their head st the egg prices in the market and showing their ss check That person could have looked directly into the camera and said I cannot afford to buy these eggs. Tell the HSUS my life is on the line” or something like that instead they counted on facts and figures.. that is a no sell to the masses

  • potol

    It seems they want to bankrupt the economy of the USA. Think about how much money, because of animal rights and every industry that uses has been attacked. It has cost over 50 Billion dollars just in one animal industry in California….and there is no way to add up the total cost of the vegan animal rights movement in the USA, and all because people were given dominion/stewardship over animals. Maybe that is why people involved in animal industries are hated! Either that or because they are rich. The animal rights movement is beginning to sound more like the environmentalist movement. If not mistaken that is exactly what Mr. Pacelle has a degree in. What he knows about animals was OJT or on job training! At one time during questioning, he did not know how long a dog’s pregnancy lasted and he could not change the subject fast enough – thus avoiding an answer. He tried it long ago in Congressional testimony when questioned by Stenholm and got very frustrated.(HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON LIVESTOCK, DAIRY, AND
    POULTRY OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONE HUNDRED
    TENTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION MAY 8, 2007)