Animal advocates have reason to celebrate today as the Michigan Governor's Office, signed in to law Senate Bill 174—the first modern, cage-free egg legislation in the Midwest!
Specifically, the law, which is set to go into effect at the end of 2024, includes the following important protections for egg-laying hens:
- Requires all egg-laying hens are housed in cage-free systems;
- Sets minimum floor space standards to give birds more room to roam;
- Mandates the use of species-important enrichments that allow for normal natural behaviors, such as perching, nesting, and dust bathing;
- And bans the sale of whole, shell eggs from out-of-state systems that fail to meet these standards.
Michigan represents the 7th largest egg-producing state in the country and more than 15 million hens housed in the state are set to benefit—in addition to countless more out-of-state birds that provide eggs for Michigan consumers!
The law also reaffirms the state’s previous commitment to end the use of cruel gestation crates for mother pigs, setting a deadline of April 1, 2020 for state producers.
These hard-fought victories are attributed to the many activists and advocates in Michigan. Specifically the Humane Society of the United States, who have worked for years to update the state’s previous, less-impactful legislation—as well as, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office who's support was critical to getting this legislation passed.
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