Arizona finally has the opportunity to free millions of egg-laying hens from extreme confinement and ensure that its residents can easily access more humanely produced eggs. The Arizona Department of Agriculture just released proposed regulations that would require eggs produced or sold in Arizona to come from laying hens raised in cage-free systems, with enough room to spread their wings, explore and carry out natural behaviors, like perching and nesting.
Many egg-laying hens in commercial farms are confined in small, wire “battery cages” where they suffer for the majority of their lives. As many as 10 hens may be crowded together in one battery cage, leaving each bird with about as much space as a single sheet of paper.
In these farming systems, battery cages are stacked on top of each other in rows as far as the eye can see—sometimes as long as football fields! Birds languish every day in the waste falling from hens in the cages above them.
It doesn’t have to be like this. RIGHT NOW, the Arizona Department of Agriculture is considering regulations to ban this cruel practice, aligning Arizona with 13 other states that have already banned cruel confinement in some form.
What You Can Do
Use your voice! Please use the form below to submit comments to the Arizona Department of Agriculture urging them to implement regulations banning the production and sale of eggs from caged laying hens.
On behalf of animals across the country and the millions of laying hens in Arizona, thank you for your compassion!