Arizona shoppers could end up having to pay more for eggs as state lawmakers look to protect the state’s major producer from an animal rights initiative drive.
And it’s not making Gilbert lawmaker Travis Grantham happy.
Legislation given preliminary approval Tuesday by the state House would mandate, beginning next year, major egg-laying operations has to provide at least one square foot of space for each hen instead of the current standard of 66 square inches.
The real change would be in 2025 when the affected companies would have to go to cage-free operations. This can – but does not have to – mean actually allowing them outdoors.
More significant, HB 2724 would preclude the sale of eggs in Arizona not coming from cage-free hens. Continue Reading