California Law on Chicken Housing Stands

A California federal judge dismissed the case filed by six state attorneys general against California’s law that prohibits the sale of eggs from laying hens not meeting California’s new housing standards. The judge ruled that the states represented in the case (Missouri, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska and Oklahoma) did not have standing. The states had argued that the law was unconstitutional and violated the interstate commerce clause. The new law which takes effect January 2015 requires eggs sold in California must come from laying hens that are housed in enclosures that allow room for standing, lying down, turning around and fully extending their limbs. 

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