What's New ? - 2020

What's New ? - 2020

Arizona: Cage-Free egg legislation

8 February, 2020

A new bill has been introduced in Arizona that would phase out the use of cages in egg production or eggs sold from hens raised in cages. If passed, Arizona will be joining states like California, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Michigan, which have all passed cage-free egg laws.
The proposed legislation would require egg producers to start giving hens more space by the end of this year. From December 31, 2020, industrial egg farms would not be allowed to confine hens to any area smaller than one square foot per hen. Four years after that, starting December 31, 2024, egg factories in Arizona would be barred from confining laying hens to cages at all. Instead, they would need to give each hen at least one square foot of  “usable floor space” in a multilevel aviary, or one and a half square feet of such space in a single-level system. Businesses in the state would also be barred from purchasing eggs from any farm that fails to meet those requirements.