Colorado Just Banned All Cages for 6 Million Egg-Laying Chickens

Colorado just passed HB20-1343, a new law that mandates that egg-laying hens must be cage-free; it will go into effect at the end of 2024.


Kat Smith, Live Kindly

July 1, 2020


Colorado just became the sixth state to ban cage confinement for egg-laying hens.


HB20-1343, called Egg-laying Hen Confinement Standards, passed the state legislature last month and was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis today. Rep. Dylan Roberts and Sen. Kerry Donovan sponsored the bill.


The new law spares approximately six million chickens from being held in cages so small that they are deprived of the ability to stretch their wings. Hens must be kept cage-free with at least one square foot of usable floor space per animal. They must also have access to unfettered vertical space.


Egg producers must also provide perches, nest boxes, scratching areas, and dust-baths, which are crucial to their mental and physical health. Farmers who violate the law may face a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation.


Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) welcomed the victory. “Caged egg-laying chickens are among the most abused animals on our planet,” she said in a statement. “They live in less space than the dimensions of a single piece of paper for their entire life.”


Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, and California have all passed similar cage-free laws in recent years.


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