California ballot issue costs consumers, eliminates choice

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.

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Filed under Battery Cages, legislation, Prop 2

3 responses to “California ballot issue costs consumers, eliminates choice

  1. Published research as well as an analysis by a California-based poultry economist (see page 4 at http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/Avian/WelfareIssueslayingHens.pdf ) show that it costs producers less than one additional penny per egg not to confine laying hens in battery cages. While it’s possible that giving these animals better living conditions may increase consumer prices by a few pennies per dozen, the hidden cost of such inhumane confinement is increased cruelty, and it’s the animals who are paying that extra price.

    See http://www.HumaneCalifornia.org for more info.

  2. The cost of phasing out cruel and inhumane cages that provide each egg-laying hen less space than a letter-sized sheet of paper on which to live her life pales in comparison to the profits earned by the industry’s two-year price run-up. No friend to consumers, large-scale egg producers are enjoying earnings growth in the triple-digits, with high prices reflecting a whole lot more than increased energy and feed costs. Passage of the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would give producers until 2015 to modify their housing systems to meet the growing national demand for improved animal welfare. This is a modest reform and Californians should vote YES.

  3. Pingback: California Ballot Issue - responding to misconceptions « Beefbites’s Weblog

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