California's Proposition 2 (2008) forces California egg producers to comply with new regulations of hen housing standards by January 1, 2015. As 2015 nears, egg producers are concerned because meeting the demands of Prop 2 could force them out of business. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was the main driving force behind Prop 2, providing funding totaling more than $4 million. California voters adopted Prop 2 with 63.5% of the total vote.
A court filing from the Association of California Egg Farmers (ACEF) states that Prop 2 language "provides no ascertainable guidance" for egg producers who seek to comply with the new regulations. Estimates claim it could cost egg producers upwards of $400 million to transition farms into the new Prop 2 requirements of hen housing. The question then remains, Will it be enough?
Enough for who...
"HSUS is all over the board," Arnie Riebli, president of the ACEF. "It depends on what day we talk to them, what the story is for the day."
HSUS continues to evade the $400 million dollar question California egg producers seek, If I change my hen housing, will it fit into the new standards of Prop 2?
When farmers fail to meet the new Prop 2 standards by January 1, 2015, they will be faced with 180 days in jail or $1,000-a-day fine. In ACEF's court filing, they argue Prop 2 is "unconstitutionally vague." HSUS spent roughly $4 million funding Prop 2 and do not even have the common decency to provide an example of an acceptable 'humane' hen house.
Of course, this is exactly what they wanted.
HSUS' math is simple:Increase Egg Producers Costs = Elimination of Egg Producers
HSUS will provide answers on a national level for a 'one size fits all' federally mandated egg bill. That is because they know a federal egg bill will bankrupt the entire industry. This is something we like to call the 'Rotten Egg Bill':
Imagine California's Prop 2 regulations affecting every egg producer across the nation. This would require every egg producer to pay $400 million to comply with HSUS' vague guidelines and strict penalties.
Egg producers are not the only targeted industry by HSUS. Pork Producers face an increasingly tough financial climate created by HSUS' demands placed on restaurants and food companies.
HSUS sees pork producers as a threat, because they are a leading voice that continues to reveal HSUS' true motives.
"Their goal is to make it harder for pork producers to stay in business and to make pork products less available and more expensive for consumers." - Pork Network, Dec, 4, 2012.
HSUS' efforts at the federal level have been slowed by pork producers, because they realize the importance engaging in the battle together as an agriculture community. HSUS will not accept anything less than the liberation of all farm animals. Do not be fooled, using animal welfare as a clever disguise, HSUS will continue attacking agriculture one industry at a time. Just like their lawsuits with the National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff.
Giving into HSUS will only lead to what others are calling the 'Food Cliff.' -
"Accepting HSUS' false claims of expertise will lead to less food availability, higher prices and loss of jobs. That's a cliff we need to avoid."- Pork Network, Mike Adams