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Upgrading Welfare Standards for Egg-Laying Hens (Colorado)

Egg-Laying Hen Confinement Standards (HB20-1343)

The Egg-Laying Hen Confinement Standards (HB20-1343) bill upgrades welfare standards for egg-laying hens in Colorado, ending the intensive confinement of millions of birds in the state by January 1, 2023.

Updated

July 1, 2020

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Victory

Signed into law by Colorado Governor Jared Polis

Egg-laying hens are some of the most abused animals in the United States. These birds spend their entire lives crammed into cages so small that they cannot turn around or extend their wings.  The Egg-Laying Hen Confinement Standards (HB20-1343) bill upgrades welfare standards for egg-laying hens in Colorado, ending the intensive confinement of millions of birds in the state by January 1, 2023.

Sponsored by Representative Dylan Roberts (D-26) and Senator Kerry Donovan (D-5), the bill enjoyed bi-partisan support. The Animal Legal Defense Fund was part of the coalition of organizations supporting HB20-1343.

No federal laws govern how farmed animals are raised, leaving these animals vulnerable to horrific cruelty. To protect egg-laying hens, several states—California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington—have passed similar measures. Additionally, more than 200 food corporations are requiring their suppliers to switch to cage-free systems.

Learn more about farmed animals and the law.

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