Passage of the Treatment of Farm Animals Act in California would be extremely expensive for the state. The cost of eggs would rise 76% and this sharp increase would cause 95% of the egg operations in California to go out of business. This equates to a loss of 3,400 jobs and $615 million hit to the states economy.
What advocates of this bill are essentially supporting is limiting your free choice. They already have the opportunity to purchase free range eggs at a higher price if they so chose. What they want to eliminate is your ability to chose affordable eggs that are produced under a scientifically based animal welfare program.
“More power to them if they have the resources,” says Gene Gregory President and CEO of United Egg Producers of consumers who wish to purchase free range eggs. “But we should not take the ability to buy $1.10 eggs from everyone else.”
This is especially pertinent as food costs are already soaring and feeding the expanding global population, especially in developing countries, is a real concern. We can’t fee the world on $3 eggs.