WASHINGTON—Today Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed groundbreaking legislation that will eliminate cruel cage confinement of egg-laying chickens and require eggs produced and sold in the state be cage-free. When fully phased-in on Dec. 31, 2024, approximately six million chickens each year will be spared from cage-confinement. This bill also requires more space per bird, and enrichments that are crucial to hens’ psychological and physical well-being.

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said, “This is a massive victory for chickens. Caged egg-laying chickens are among the most abused animals on our planet. They live in less space than the dimensions of a single piece of paper for their entire life. The cages are so small that they cannot even extend their wings, causing severe stress, frustration and deprivation that no animal deserves. The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Governor Polis for signing this bill into law.”

Colorado follows similar cage-free farm animal laws in Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts and California.

Josh Balk, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States, said, “Colorado just took a tremendous step forward in improving the treatment of chickens raised for eggs. The law ensures chickens are free from cage confinement, allowing them to walk and extend their limbs, while also providing them with vital enrichments, including dust bathing areas, perches and nest boxes.”

The sponsors of this bill (HB20-1343) are Rep. Dylan Roberts and Sen. Kerry Donovan and legislators from both parties supported it.   

Many of the world’s largest food corporations are working with the HSUS to ban the use of cruel cages in supply chains and to produce a new normal in the egg industry.

Photos/Video b-roll of factory farms.

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