After California’s election proposition 12 passed and there is a new law granting more space for animals, banning the confinement of hens that lay eggs, and banning products that does not meet the agricultural requirements.
According to Ballotpedia, a yes vote supported:
- establish minimum space requirements based on square feet for calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens and
- ban the sale of (a) veal from calves, (b) pork from breeding pigs, and (c) eggs from hens when the animals are confined to areas below minimum square-feet requirements.
The history behind the proposition 12 starts in 2008 when voters passed a different initiative, proposition 2 which was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. That proposition required that “calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely.”
Beyond anyone’s view on whether people should eat meat the Humane League fought hard to make this proposition a reality.
By 2020, California must provide 1 square foot of space for each egg-laying hen and 43 square feet for every calf raised for its meat. A cage-free environment will be the standard for animals raised for their meat 2 years later.