Hatching a Law

California’s Proposition 2, an animal welfare law, went into effect on January 1. Mark Bittman says it could be a game-changer for factory farms:

“The regulations don’t affect only hens kept in California. In 2010, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that extended the protections of Prop 2 to out-of-state birds: You cannot sell an egg in California from a hen kept in extreme confinement anywhere. For an industry that has been able to do pretty much what it wants, this is a big deal: It bans some of the most egregious practices.”