Thursday, August 31, 2017


by Bob Walsh

The Peoples Republic of California is right now looking at a legislative proposal which would add livestock to the current cage-free requirements of the Peoples Republic.

All ready eggs sold in CA must be raised in a cage-free environment. This proposal, should it become law, would require that chickens, pigs and cattle raised for meat must be raised in a restriction free, low-stress environment. They have to have shade, regular supplies of chilled water and pleasant background music playing in their living areas.

The largest impact would probably be on the pork market. There is actually very little pork produced in California. This requirement would place these restrictions on pork produced for sale in California no matter where it was actually produced. It is estimated that the requirement would cost the pork industry between $2 billion and $3.5 billion. It is estimated that the cage-free requirements already add about 40 cents per dozen eggs sold in California.

I just made up the part about the pleasant background music. Twisted Sister and Ratt are OK for background music, as is Bob Marley and the Monkees. No C&W is permitted, it might stress the animals too much. Lite Jazz is also good, as is some mellow R&B.

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