Liberal silliness has come home to roost in Massachusetts – which, unless lawmakers act quickly, now faces a massive egg shortage.
In 2016, Massachusetts voters passed a measure that prohibited the sale of eggs from hens that roosted in less than 1.5 square feet of space. It was an “animal rights” measure that was intended to punish “industrial” farming.
As Ballotpedia notes, Question 3, as it was known, applied to both farm operations and business owners who knowingly sold eggs from animals confined this way, even if they were outside the state. Supporters argued that the law would avoid “needless suffering of animals raised for eggs and slaughter,” Ballotpedia said. Those supporters included the Humane Society of the United States, both the American and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Sierra Club.
The law was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
But two weeks out, Massachusetts’ Democratic-led legislature and its RINO Gov. Charlie Baker, who actually supported the law at the time it was adopted, are scrambling to avoid punishing egg lovers and users.
Overall, the New England Brown Egg Council reports, 90 percent of Massachusetts’ egg stock would disappear from grocery stores if the law takes effect as planned.
Accordingly, Massachusetts is headed for “egg Armageddon,” Steve Vendemia, president of Hillendale Farms in Connecticut, told the local media. His company owns 2 million chickens that produce eggs sold in Massachusetts supermarkets.
Not getting as much attention is the fact that it would also apply to beef and pork products.
Boston.com reported that Massachusetts lawmakers are divided over how to revise the law in lieu of the provision that affects pork.
But at least the Humane Society has realized the consequences of its folly. In a bid to keep the egg industry from cracking up, the group reportedly supports a compromise to reduce the space to 1 square foot, provided the hens are kept on vertical risers.
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