Missouri has challenged a law that would require all eggs sold in California to come from hens kept in larger cages.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the law, which takes effect in 2015, would mean higher egg prices in California and force Missouri egg producers to either invest heavily in new cages or give up one-third of their sales…
Missouri says California, by imposing regulations on other states, is violating the Constitution’s Commerce Clause…
Under current law, chickens are guaranteed 67 square inches of floor space each. Koster said the California law, which does not specify a cage size but says hens must be able to move around, could mean anything from slightly bigger cages to more than 400 square inches a chicken.
The Humane Society, which pushed for the California law, said its aim is to keep hens from being housed in “barren battery cages that are more likely to be infected with salmonella. Officials said Tuesday Koster wants “to curry favor with Big Agribusiness.”
Gasp! Can you actually say that out loud in America?
Punks like Koster are in office to represent one class of people – especially in a Confederate state like Missouri. Some of the sleaziest profiteers in our natiion run agribiz in Missouri.
Perish the thought they compete with farmers willing and able to meet healthier, humane standards.