HomeNewsCalifornia: Battery Cage Eggs Ban, Farmers sad? Top 3 Main Reasons

California: Battery Cage Eggs Ban, Farmers sad? Top 3 Main Reasons

Battery cage system in poultry

The practice of confining poultry birds in battery cages has gotten a lot of attention since it is against animal welfare standards.

The law in California prohibits the sale of eggs from farms that use battery cage methods, and here’s why.

Battery Cage

California poultry farm

California processed about 250 million chicken products, placing it among the top poultry producers in the United States and a global competitor. In recent years, as of 2018, California voters adopted the farm animal confinement initiative Prop 12, and below is what it says about battery cage usage and animal confinement in animal production.

Farm animal confinement proposition Prop 12

Proposition 12 explained

Farmers are required under Proposition 12 to provide adequate room for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and veal calves. The law also strictly regulates the sale of meat and eggs from farms that do not provide sufficient space for their farm animals.

Housing pregnant pigs and veal calves are technically illegal. In poultry farming, even if you confine a bird in a cage with fewer movements, you are still breaking the law and compromising the animal’s welfare.

Battery Cage

Animal welfare and rights

  • Cruel manners of handling animals defined by the law
    • Keeping a calf grown for veal in an enclosure with fewer than 43 square feet of useable floor area per calf;
    • Keeping a breeding pig in an enclosure with fewer than 24 square feet of useable floor area per pig;
    • Providing fewer than 144 square inches of useful floor area per egg-laying hen;
    • Keeping an egg-laying hen in an area that is smaller than the amount of useable floor space allowed by the 2017 version of the United Egg Producers Animal Husbandry Guidelines for U.S. Egg-Laying Flocks.

Supporters of the law

Prop 12 on farm animal confinement did not happen in a year and a single court hearing. It proceeded through 2008, 2017, and 2020, and it is still relevant in animal welfare protection in California today. The bill was supported by organizations listed below.

List of organizations that supported the Prop 12 farm animal confinement
San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Marin Humane Society
The Humane League
Compassion in World Farming
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Animal Protection and Rescue League
Animal Equality
Compassion Over Killing
San Diego Humane Society
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Mercy For Animals
In Defense of Animals
Heaven on Earth Society for Animals
Organizations against battery cages and animal cruelty
Samuel Ansah is a researcher and publisher with conference publication on hatchery management practices. Samuel love to raise concerns and address facts in agriculture practices and home steading. Samuel also contributes to How-To and Insurance on worldinformer.net. Samuel is a Google Trainer in SEO contents and a freelance blogger.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

POULTRYABC.COM will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.