Calif Egg Producer Sues, Says Cage Rules Unclear

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California egg producer claims the state has failed to spell out the specifics of a voter-approved measure setting stricter housing standards for egg-laying hens.

Modesto-based J.S. West filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court asking a judge to set clear requirements for cage size and number of hens per cage.

Proposition 2 says that hens should be able to lie down, stand up, extend their limbs and turn around freely.

The 2008 measure was pushed by animal rights groups and strongly opposed by the state’s $375 million egg industry.

An attorney for the J.S. West, Stephen Meyer, says that without clarification the company risks breaking the law even if it tries to comply.

The proposition takes effect in 2015.

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  • CommonSense

    I’m confused…what’s not clear about being able to “lie down, stand up, extend their limbs and turn around freely.” If they get fined for breaking the law even though their chickens can in fact “lie down, stand up, extend their limbs and turn around freely” then sue, but this appears to be a last ditch effort to over turn a voter approved law in which they opposed to begin with.

  • fenceamerica

    Well if you knew anything about running anything commonsense you would know that there needs to be pennys pinched every way possible. They are already being forced FOR NO GOOD REASON to completly overhaul all their egg production facilitys. There should be specifics, cage size, ocupancy limits ect… these egg laying companys want to be able to retro-fit with the least amount of cost possible and not get shut down 6 months later because their cage was 2 square inches too small.

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