HSUS has gathered enough signatures for a ballot issue to be voted on by Californians. The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would prevent California farms from confining animals in crates or cages, specifically, veal crates for calves, battery cages for egg-laying hens and gestation stalls for breeding sows. The new law would take effect in 2015.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of listening to Gene Gregory, CEO of United Egg Producers, speak about the issue. I’m pleased that United Egg Producers is launching an aggressive campaign against the ballot issue. They’ve had great success recently keeping similar legislation from passing in other states, but this will be the first time they’ve confronted it as a ballot issue.
Gregory shared that the United Egg Producers Certified program, which established bird handling guidelines based on science, has been key in their victories. Last month, the group released and economic analysis explaining passage of the November state ballot measure would cost 3,400 jobs and a loss of $615 million to the state’s economy, as it would essentially make egg production in California no longer an option.
Stay tuned for updates on the UEP campaign and how you can get involved.