Oprah was on the other day. And she had a guest on the show, who was trying to shut down commercial animal production facilities – including cattle, pork, and chickens.
Now … I totally agree that these places offer terrible conditions for these animals.
BUT … if we allow these laws to be passed that limit the size of cages they can be kept in … there is absolutely NO DOUBT that the prices of the food will go up.
Check out this very informative slide show (from the Department of Animal Sciences, at Purdue University) – detailing several of the steps involved in commercial chicken egg production. I think if you look at how this is set up, it will become clear that the ease with which they do this COULD still stay the same. HOWEVER – even if they simply expanded each cage to allow each chicken to move better – they would be losing half of their production … INSTANTLY!
I am more of the opinion that if you want wholesome, organic eggs – you should just buy them OR grow them yourself. They’re available. Don’t drive the prices up for every single person in America by requiring egg producers to meet a specific spacing standard.
What do you think? What else can we do?
All the best,