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California outlaws battery cages on egg farms

  • Hens must be able to stand up, lie down, extend wings
  • Eggs from battery cage farms can't be sold in CA after Jan. 1

The criticism of big agriculture is escalating as consumers demand change.  California voters approved prop 2, banning intensive confined spaces that many call institutionalized cruelty.  That means pig gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages will be banned as of January 1.

Now, the state has gone a step further and passed AB 1437.  Starting in 2015, eggs cannot be sold in California if they come from farms that lock hens in tiny battery cages where they can't even spread their wings.  The agriculture industry is trying to fight this new rule.  Leading the charge is Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who's suing to try to overturn this new rule in federal court.  Missouri produces 1.7 billion eggs each year, and exports about 1/3 of them to California.  We reached out to him for comment.

He claims quote: "At stake is whether elected officials in one state may regulate the practices of another state's citizens who cannot vote them out of office."

Jane speaks to Paul Shapiro, the Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

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