The Missouri attorney general has sued the state of California over a new requirement that chicken cages provide enough room for a chicken to move its limbs. The new regulation is the result of a 2008 ballot initiative requiring “simple, common decency for farm animals: egg-laying hens, pigs, and calves should be afforded enough space to lie down, stand up, turn around and fully extend their limbs”.
Missouri “farmers” produce about 1.7 billion eggs a year, with the bulk of them raised in cages that would be outlawed under the initiative.
Koster said Tuesday that the California law infringes on the interstate commerce protections of the US Constitution by effectively imposing new requirements on out-of-state farmers.
“If California legislators are permitted to mandate the size of chicken coops on Missouri farms, they may just as easily demand that Missouri soybeans be harvested by hand or that Missouri corn be transported by solar-powered trucks,” Koster said.
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