Farm Animal Confinement Bans by State
On factory farms, laying hens, pregnant pigs (sows) and veal calves are routinely confined in cages and crates so small that they cannot lie down, turn around or extend their limbs. In recent years, some states have taken steps to protect farm animals by passing laws that ban the use of battery cages for laying hens, gestation crates for sows and veal crates for calves. To date, 12 states have banned one or all of these forms of extreme confinement, and a number of others are currently debating similar laws.
Arizona – Passed a ballot measure in 2006 phasing out gestation crates and veal crates.
California – Passed a ballot measure in 2008 phasing out battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates. In 2010 California went further, passing legislation banning the in-state sale of eggs that come from hens housed in battery cages. In 2018 California passed another ballot measure, strengthening its cage and crate-free standards for laying hens, mother pigs and veal calves, and expanding the in-state sales ban to also include pork and veal products.
Colorado – Passed legislation [PDF] in 2008 phasing out gestation crates and veal crates.
Florida – Passed a ballot measure in 2002 phasing out gestation crates.
Kentucky – Passed regulations [PDF] in 2014 phasing out veal crates.
Maine – Passed legislation in 2009 phasing out gestation crates and veal crates.
Massachusetts – Passed a ballot measure [PDF] in 2016 banning the use of battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates as well as banning the in-state sale of products from any of these confinement systems.
Michigan – Passed legislation in 2009 phasing out battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates.
Ohio – Passed regulations in 2010 phasing out gestation crates, battery cages and veal crates.
Oregon – Passed legislation in 2007 phasing out gestation crates.
Washington – Passed legislation in 2011 phasing out battery cages.
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