Michigan Enacts Law Eliminating Cages for Hens by 2024

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Today, Michigan enacted into law a bill that will reduce suffering for at least 10 million egg-laying hens and preserves protections for hundreds of thousands of pigs and calves each year.

The legislation, Senate bill 174, requires all eggs sold in Michigan to come from hens raised in cage-free conditions by 2024. This means that all Michigan farms—and all out-of-state farms that sell eggs to Michigan—must transition to cage-free conditions. Mercy For Animals is proud to have been part of the powerful coalition of animal organizations and small family farms that drove this legislation forward.

California, Washington, Massachusetts, and Oregon recently enacted similar laws, and other states are considering such legislation. Given Michigan’s powerful animal agriculture lobby, enactment of this law in the state is particularly pivotal.

We commend the Michigan legislature for passing the bill. On top of legislative success, the cage-free movement has achieved much corporate headway. More than ​300 companies​, including McDonald’s, Walmart, and Kroger, have committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs. Mercy For Animals led the charge on many of these commitments.

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