Ensure Humane Treatment of Chickens


Target: Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

Goal: End frivolous lawsuit challenging living standard reforms on egg farms.

In 2008, California passed a law to abolish cruel overpopulated battery cages for egg-laying hens, and drastically reduce the use of battery cages nationwide.  Missouri Attorney General, Chris Koster has sued the state of California to challenge this law. The law, called Proposition 2, requires all eggs sold or produced in California to come from chickens given enough space to stand, turn around, lie down, and fully extend their wings, and prohibits the sale of eggs from other states that did not comply with these requirements. Although these reforms are modest, they will perhaps encourage other states to also enact animal welfare reforms.

Chickens trapped in conventional battery cages face muscle atrophy, osteoporosis, feather pecking, and cannibalism.  Most chicks are debeaked in their first days of life in an attempt to subvert abnormal behaviors, that are the expected result of battery cages.  Debeaking can cause excruciating acute pain, as well as chronic pain that can last for a chicken’s entire life span.

Additionally, a recent EU study found that caged hens were far more likely to lay eggs infected with salmonella than cage-free or free-range hens.  In fact, according to the Humane Society, all 16 studies on the subject carried out in the last five years found that eggs laid in battery cages were more likely to have salmonella.  Salmonella is leading cause of death by food poisoning in the United States.

Pandering to big agribusiness interests, Mr. Koster has brought a frivolous lawsuit challenging the Constitutionality of Prop 2, the law that hopes to ensure ethical and humane living conditions for chickens. In doing so, the Missouri Attorney General has used taxpayer money to challenge a just law, designed to preserve some dignity for the chickens and provide safer food for consumers, and to encourage other states and egg-producers to do the same.  Demand that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster drop the case and retract all previous statements in opposition to the eradication of battery cages.


Dear Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster,

The use of battery cages by egg producers nationwide constitutes cruel and inhumane treatment of animals.  California’s passage of Proposition 2 to eliminate the harmful effects of battery cages is to be commended, not challenged.

Not only are these cages torturous for the chickens, eggs from caged chickens have also been linked to higher rates of salmonella.

I am insisting that your drop this frivolous lawsuit challenging Proposition 2, on the grounds that it is cruel to animals, costly to taxpayers, and dangerous to consumers.


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  1. Let’s hope the courts will stop this sicko. Missouri should demand his resignation.

  2. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Typical backward thinking from this state. I’ve lived here for 20 years and I’m so personally embarrassed by the state’s record on animal legislation. My very first day here I saw a news broadcast where a cameraman followed the delivery guy from a local liquor store in Jeff City as he made his usual rounds in the state capitol. That may explain a few things.

  3. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Shameful..drop the lawsuit, now!

  4. Unfortunately, if you have ever seen cage free hens, they are not better off in a cage free setting. I have watched videos, and they are so crowded in, it was also dispicable. These free laying hens should have better living conditions.

  5. Franca Menegon says:

    Quelli che sono contro la sperimentazione animale ma usano i farmaci.
    Quelli che ammazzerebbero un bambino per salvare un roditore.
    Quelli che se il bambino fosse il loro…?
    Quelli che “se ci estinguessimmo sarebbe un mondo migliore!”
    Quelli che però non cominciano per primi.
    Quelli che sono vivi grazie alla ricerca e se ne lamentano.
    Quelli che “fermiamo la vivisezione per salvare gli animali!”.
    Quelli che poi portano il cane dal veterinario.
    Quelli che la chiamano “vivisezione”.
    Quelli che con limone e peperoncino passa tutto, anche il cancro.
    Quelli che sanno come sostituire i test sugli animali ma non te lo possono dire.
    Quelli che le scoperte scientifiche “non ci risultano…”.
    Quelli che hanno le idee chiarissime ma non sanno come spiegarle.
    Quelli che hanno cominciato a rompere i coglioni da piccoli, non hanno ancora finito e ancora non sanno perché lo fanno.
    Quelli lì.
    Dove ci porteranno?

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