chickens in a cage

Ending the Intensive Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens (Hawaii)

Mandating hens be provided at least one square foot of space per bird as well as vital enrichments (HB 538/SB 346)

On the vast majority of factory farms, egg-laying hens are confined to cages so small that they cannot turn around or extend their wings. An Act Relating to Farm Animals (HB 538/SB 346) would ban the intensive confinement of egg-laying hens in Hawaii as well as ban the sale of eggs from hens kept in such cruel conditions by 2026.

Updated

February 12, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Active

Update: Unfortunately, this bill failed to be scheduled for a hearing by a key legislative deadline. Hawaii has a two-year legislative session, and we look forward to advocating for this bill in 2022. 

On the vast majority of factory farms, egg-laying hens are confined to cages so small that they cannot turn around or extend their wings. An Act Relating to Farm Animals (HB 538/SB 346) would ban the intensive confinement of egg-laying hens in Hawaii as well as ban the sale of eggs from hens kept in such cruel conditions by 2026.

The bill mandates hens be provided at least one square foot of space per bird as well as vital enrichments such as scratch areas, perches, nest boxes, and dust bathing areas. Over the last decade, multiple states — California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington — have passed similar laws. More than 200 corporations are requiring their suppliers to switch to cage-free systems, including Hawaii-based Foodland as well as McDonald’s, Burger King, Hannaford, Shaw’s, Walmart, Dollar Tree, IHOP, and Denny’s.

The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Mike Gabbard (D-20) as well as Senators Chris Lee (D-25), Karl Rhoads (D-13), Gil Riviere (D-23), Maile Shimabukuro (D-21), and Stanley Chang (D-9) and in the House by Representative Eli (D-43) as well as Representatives Cedric Asuega Gates (D-44), Lisa Kitagawa (D-48), Amy Perruso (D-46), Gregg Takayama (D-34), Lisa Marten (D-51), and Scot Matayoshi (D-49).

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