chickens

Ending the Intensive Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens (New Mexico)

Mandating hens be provided cage-free environments as well as vital enrichments (SB 347)

The Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens Act (SB 347) would mandate cage-free conditions for hens, outlawing battery cages — tiny wire cages where each hen is given less space than a sheet of printer paper to spend her entire life.

Updated

February 18, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

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Active

The Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens Act (SB 347) would mandate cage-free conditions for hens, outlawing battery cages — tiny wire cages where each hen is given less space than a sheet of printer paper to spend her entire life. It prohibits cruelly confining hens as well as the sale of eggs from hens kept without these minimum protections in 2022. It would also specifically require that hens be provided vital enrichments including scratch areas, perches, nest boxes, and dust bathing areas.

Since 2016, 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 McDonald’s, Burger King, Hannaford, Shaw’s, Walmart, Dollar Tree, IHOP, and Denny’s.

The bill was introduced by Senator Pete Campos.

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