Farmer Says State Shouldn't Force Him to Raise Chickens in Comfort

A SoCal farmer is suing the state over a new law that threatens to throw egg farmers in jail if they are busted caging hens in cruel ways, such as preventing the chickens from lying down, standing up, or moving around.

According to a lawsuit filed in Sacramento last week, William Cramer, an egg farmer in Riverside County, claims the law, which goes into effect in 2015, could potentially shut down California  farms, force egg producers out of state, and cause price increases and egg shortages.

Currently, California is the fifth-largest egg producer in the nation, producing

5 billion eggs a year, and supplying roughly 6 percent of the nation's eggs. It provides jobs for nearly 4,000 people, according to the claim.

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