The United Egg Producers and the Association of California Egg Farmers have each launched ballot measures for 2018 that would explicitly legalize battery cages throughout California.
In nearly identical measures, these industry trade associations are attempting to repeal California's present hen-housing law which was overwhelmingly approved by voters 10 years ago. That law, though not without issues, states that egg-laying hens must be given enough space to be able to "fully spread both wings without touching the side of an enclosure or other egg-laying hens."
The industry's measures would repeal that — and replace it with language that explicitly legalizes battery cages throughout the state. And regardless of whether the hens are in cages or in horrific multi-level "cage-free" factory systems, the industry needs only to provide hens with one square foot of space per hen. For political cover, the United Egg Producers (UEP) is relying upon the co-opted Humane Society of the United States and tag-alongs who are gathering signatures to put the egg industry's toxic measure on the ballot.
The Humane Farming Association (HFA) is dedicated to the protection of farm animals. Founded in 1985, and over 250,000 members strong, HFA has garnered worldwide recognition and respect for its landmark anti-cruelty campaigns including, most notably, its successful National Veal Boycott. HFA is particularly well known for its unparalleled track record of credibility, accuracy, and integrity in addressing legislative issues pertaining to farm animals.
With an unyielding focus on combating the imprisonment of animals in cages and crates, HFA initiated the nation's first major TV, radio, and print media campaigns exposing farm animal abuses; and — among other initiatives — introduced the very first state and federal legislation in the United States targeting factory farm confinement. HFA’s hard-hitting, principled campaigns against factory farming highlight the real-world effect of maintaining integrity and core values while pursuing animal protection.
HFA's goals are to protect farm animals from cruelty and abuse, to protect the public from the misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms, and to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories. HFA’s comprehensive programs include anti-cruelty investigations and exposés, national media campaigns, and legislation. HFA also provides direct hands-on emergency care and refuge for abused farm animals at HFA’s Suwanna Ranch – the world's largest farm animal rescue and refuge facility.
All combined, HFA's programs and activities represent the greatest hopes of those seeking to create a better world for farm animals.