Starting in 2015, every egg sold in California will have to comply with strict hen-rights rules. Cages will have to be large enough for the birds to stand up, lie down and spread their wings without touching each other or the sides of the cage. California voters adopted these rules for in-state egg producers two years ago. Last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law that extended the rules to out-of-state producers who want to sell their eggs in California.
The move was just the latest example of how animal rights are on the march â€” in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world. Even as human rights seems to have taken a few hits of late â€” with the U.S. government endorsing harsh interrogation techniques, also known as torture, and the Supreme Court whittling away at race-discrimination laws, defendants' rights and the Voting Rights Act â€” animal rights has moved further into the...
Addressing the original article, chickens may not be having that great of time in California either.
Amy Westervelt wrote: But while conventional egg producers think that the law goes too far and animal rights activists think that it doesnâ€™t go nearly far enough, the net result for California consumers is fairly straightforward: conventional eggs have become more expensive, closing the price gap between traditional, cage-free, and pasture-raised eggs.
In the middle of the pack, from both a cost and a sustainability perspective, cage-free eggs have come under some scrutiny as egg-production practices have gained more attention. Not all cage-free systems are equal, and use of the label â€ścage-freeâ€ť is not audited, although some producers do opt to get third-party certification. Hens in a cage-free system are still confined to a barn, and beak cutting and forced molting through starvation are still permitted.
Reuters wrote: Chimpanzees do not deserve the same rights as people, a New York state appeals court unanimously concluded on Thursday, as it refused to order the release of two of the animals to a primate sanctuary.
The 5-0 decision by the Appellate Division in Manhattan is the latest defeat for the Nonhuman Rights Project and its lawyer Steven Wise in a long debate over whether caged chimpanzees are actually legal "persons" entitled like humans to bodily liberty.