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

Mandating hens be provided cage-free environments as well as vital enrichments (AB 399)

Egg-laying hens are among the most abused animals in the country yet have few legal protections. AB 399, sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, would mandate cage-free conditions for hens, outlawing battery cages.

Updated

April 7, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

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Active

Egg-laying hens are among the most abused animals in the country yet have few legal protections. AB 399, sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, would mandate cage-free conditions for hens, outlawing battery cages — small wire cages where each hen is given less space than a sheet of printer paper to spend her entire life. It would also ensure that hens be able to engage in certain vital natural behaviors such as perching, nesting in boxes, dust bathing, and fully extending their wings.

Since 2016, multiple states — California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Rhode Island, and Utah — have passed similar laws. More than 200 corporations are requiring their suppliers to switch to cage-free systems, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Hannaford, Shaw’s, Walmart, Dollar Tree, IHOP, and Denny’s.

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