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Unformatted text preview: ion laying hens to relocate to other states (Sumner 2008). While a study done at the
University of California Riverside showed that the elimination of battery cages will increase
production costs “less than one cent per egg” (Bell, 2005, p. 19). While all eggs sold in the
state of California will be required to be raised under the provisions of Proposition 2, nowhere in the law does it state that hens need to be kept outside or cageless, only that
birds be given enough room to turn around and display natural behaviors (West, 2013).
It is unclear whether the economic factor of Proposition 2 will make humane
practices viable and competitive, but I don’t believe this is the true issue at hand. Wendell
Berry said it best:
“The principle of confinement in so‐called animal science is derived from the
industrial version of efficiency. The designers of animal factories appear to have
had in mind the example of concentration camps or prisons, the aim of which is to
house and feed the greatest numbers in the smallest space at the least expense...
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