New Law Requires More Space for Egg-Laying Hens

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 (Brooke Binkowski/KQED)

Starting on January 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens that live in more spacious quarters -- almost twice as spacious, in fact, as the cages that have been the industry standard. Californians passed the animal welfare initiative with over 60 percent of the vote in 2008. Egg prices have already risen at least 35 percent, according to the California Grocers Association.


Sasha Khokha, KQED's Central Valley Bureau Chief

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society

Ken Klippen, President of the National Association of Egg Farmers