This editorial appeared in The Modesto Bee.
Two things trouble us about the overwhelming approval of Proposition 2, an initiative that will dramatically affect - and could kill - commercial egg production in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
First, many Californians simply bought into proponents' claim that the caging hens amounts to animal cruelty. In fact, it is an animal husbandry practice that has been refined over many decades to protect both the birds and their eggs. These hens live in temperature controlled barns, with ample water and food, and in this environment they produce lots of eggs. That's a sign of a healthy farm animal.
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