How Are San Diego Farmers Complying With New Animal Cage Law?
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Aired 1/7/15 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Farm Animal Law Goes Into Effect - How San Diego Farmers Complying
Dr. Gary Weitzman, president, San Diego Humane Society
Frank Hilliker, Hilliker's Ranch Fresh Eggs
California farmers are trying to balance the price of eggs and the humane treatment of animals now that Proposition 2 has gone into effect.
You may have a dim memory of the state ballot initiative that voters approved in 2008 to ban cramped cages and crates for farm animals. It was largely aimed at eradicating battery cages in chicken farming. The law took effect this year.
"We are celebrating that this went into effect on Jan. 1," San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday. "What Proposition 2 did is ensure that these animals could be animals — that they can stand up and move around."
Hilliker's Farm Fresh Eggs
Changes made to the hen houses at Hilliker's Farm Fresh Eggs to comply with Proposition 2.
Hilliker, who made a $1 million overhaul to the henhouses in his family business, said prices could change toward the end of January as the season changes.
"They might even go up more," Hilliker said. "California can only have California-compliant eggs, and if there aren't enough California-compliant eggs prices are going to go up."