Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Far-Reaching, Humane Egg Bill

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a historic bill on July 6 that will extend protection to egg-laying hens that live in other states, if the egg producers want to do business in California.  The new humane law will have hens across the country spreading their wings with joy.


The bill, AB1437 will require out-of-state egg farmers that want to sell eggs in California grocery stores to adhere to the humane confinement rules created by Proposition 2.  That law was passed in 2008 and will be fully implemented by 2015.   Proposition 2 ends the use of inhumane battery cages to house chickens.


The Humane Society of the United States said this means all hens that contribute to the egg industry in California must be housed in cages that allow them to “stand up, lie down, turn around and fully extend their limbs without touching one another or the sides of an enclosure” – whether or not they live in the state.  HSUS was one of the animal welfare organizations that backed the landmark bill which was introduced by Assemblyman Jared Huffman.


Farm Sanctuary wrote in their blog about the huge impact AB1437 will have on the nation’s hens. “California is the nation’s most populated state and it represents a huge market for eggs and other products, so banning the sale of battery cage eggs in California is extremely significant and will go a long way toward pushing egg producers to move away from these cruel confinement systems.”


Egg producers that do not comply with the new law will face up to 180 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.  Just two states, California and Michigan, have passed laws to phase out battery cages.


Ten years ago, there were no laws in the U.S. protecting farm animals from inhumane housing such as veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages.  Now there are eight states that have banned some of these cruel housing systems: Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Maine, California, Michigan and Ohio.


Both HSUS and Farm Sanctuary are confident there will be more victories coming for animals raised at factory farms.


As a sidebar, there have been several stories in the news recently about the hobby of raising chickens as pets.  New Moon Girls – a bi-monthly magazine for girls age 8 and up ran a story called – Backyard Peeps.  The story is written by sisters Emma and Robin Jordan about their experience of keeping six pet chickens.  The story can be found on page 23 at


Also look for a story this week by Real Food Care2blogger Jaelithe J. about Backyard Chicken Keepers who are raising chickens and working with authorities to change local ordinances.





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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Maggie Beglarian
Maggie Beglarian4 years ago

it's a good start

Shannon V.
Shannon V7 years ago

Stepping toward kindness as written by another reader is better than stepping backwards and not making any progress in the improved treatment of animals. The world is not going to turn vegan so pushing for the improvement of living conditions has to continue. Thanks Mr S.

Janieawaynow Massey
.7 years ago

Kudo's to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Be Blessed! Stay Blessed!
Peace, Love and Light ;-)

Dan B.
Dan Brook7 years ago

The best way to honor and protect animals EVERYDAY is to not eat them.

Fight cruelty with your fork; have compassion on your plate; increase social justice with every meal.

For more info about the *many* benefits of vegetarianism (and the many problems with the production and consumption of meat), please visit (and share) Eco-Eating at

Kerry H.
Kerry H.7 years ago

This is great!

Thanks so much to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger! - He's the man!

I'm looking forward to seeing other states follow this positive decision soon!

Colleen Maranda
Colleen B7 years ago

The time for ending cruelty is now! Stepping towards kindness regarding any species is NOT acceptable. All who are celebrating this continued misery (labelled progress) won’t be celebrating the natural consequence of blessing and condoning such aberration.

Unethical egg producers and puppet politicians are OUR agents for terror because we’re financing them and allowing them to dictate time-lines, spruke their nonsense, and therefore dis-empower people instead of serving our highest interests.

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Excellent news, definitely a big step in the right direction!

roberto c.
robert m7 years ago

I'm so glad he signed it i was one of the people to call and who wrote to him yes for the Animals..