Your editorial (“Bill’s defeat a win for animal welfare,” June 25) misrepresents my efforts to establish a national standard for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens.
In 2008, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2. This initiative required egg producers to increase cage size so birds could stand up and extend their wings. Similar measures were put in place in Michigan, Arizona, Washington, Ohio and Oregon.
Such a patchwork of state regulations could well lead to significant difficulties shipping across state lines for many egg producers.
To address these challenges, the Humane Society — a leading proponent of California’s Prop. 2 — and the United Egg Producers — which represents nearly 90 percent of the egg industry — came together to negotiate a national solution. A cornerstone of those negotiations was the preservation of Prop. 2.
My legislation embodies that compromise, extending a humane cage size requirement to all 338 million egg-laying hens nationwide. Consistent with Prop. 2, California egg farmers will have to comply with the law by 2015, while other egg farmers have until 2029.
California led the way on making farms more humane. My plan will simply bring that approach to the rest of the country.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
The obvious greed and corruption that appear to underlie the tossing of ethical Vivian Day from the Department of Building Inspection don’t seem to be raising many eyebrows in this earthquake-prone town. Sad and scary, but business as usual.
I am, however, a little surprised that the equally obvious appearance of sexism and racism doesn’t seem to be pinging anybody’s radar. Now if she were gay (and I have no idea whether she is or not), we might have a perfect trifecta of discrimination. I don’t suspect our Mayor Ed “I Won’t Run” Lee of possessing the subtlety to notice.
The photograph of Building Inspection Commissioner Debra Walker (a Day supporter) shaking hands with Day’s replacement, Tom Hui, says it all. It is quite plain that she is looking around for, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, “a hole to get sick in.” I’m with her.