They are saying that to get rid of the cages, it will result in significantly more costs to the consumer for their food. This is WRONG. A government funded Iowa State study showed that it costs 11 percent less not to use gestation crates. And the American Veal Association recommended “that the entire veal industry convert to the group housing methodology,” because of the economic feasibility of doing so.
In California, there was an avian influenza outbreak in 2015 that caused a temporary rise in California egg prices. Egg producers had to kill millions of laying hens across the country, dramatically restricting supply. Less than two years after instituting California’s similar hen protection law, prices have dropped below those seen before passage. In fact, the Kirkpatrick Foundation released a report in the summer of 2016 that found egg prices in California were below the national average.
The price increase that may result, at most, would be 1 to 2 cents an egg. But that would be far outweighed by the costs of salmonella outbreaks that occur every year. In fact, 142,000 Americans contract salmonella from eggs. Imagine those medical costs.
The irony inherent in the argument for eating animal products is that they are unhealthy. But that isn’t mentioned because it is a side issue to the confinement topic.
I feel for people who live at or below the poverty level. I have had to make my own way in life without any monetary help from others. If I was poor now, I would pay that extra 1 to 2 cents per egg, if I didn’t care about ingesting cholesterol. Fortunately, my choice of a plant-based diet precludes me having to make that choice. Not only am I healthier for it, but I have a good conscience.