Jill Jensen produces 100,000 dozens eggs each day. Her birds are kept in climate controlled barns at 77 degrees F.
She states that Proposition 2 would triple her production cost. Eggs will be outsourced — out of California and out of the country if Proposition 2 passes, she says. Jensen adds that Proposition 2 will eliminate safe, affordable, locally produced food. And that the eggs probably will not be produced under the same the safety standards as they are currently produced. “Proposition 2 doesn’t change how eggs are produced, it changes where they are produced,” she says. Jensen also points out that trucking eggs into the state also pollutes the environment.
Bill Mattos, of the California Poultry Federation, notes that eggs are the cheapest source of protein, and with the housing market crash, several counties in California are amongst the poorest in the nation. He estimates that Proposition 2 would raise the price of eggs to $5 and people wouldn’t be able to buy them.
Pacelle counters that more than 1,000 veterinarians, as well as a number of organizations have voted to endorse the measure. He also says that the poultry industry has the highest profits ever, and if they are so concerned about poor consumers why haven’t they lowered their prices. He pointed to an egg company who had a 39 percent increase in earnings this year.
He also says that animal welfare isn’t going anywhere. “We continue to believe animals should have the opportunity to walk and move freely.”
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