College

College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Department

Agricultural Education and Communication Department

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Science

Date

3-2018

Advisor(s)

Megan Silcott

Abstract/Summary

In 2008, Proposition 2 passed, forcing all egg producers in California to provide more room inside of cages to their laying hens. The Humane Society of the United States [HSUS] initiated this battle and won but, less than a decade later decided that still wasn’t enough room for the birds. HSUS is now pushing to have a new measure on the ballot in November 2018 forcing all egg producers in California to produce their eggs cage free.

This project will survey the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo campus to gauge the campus’s understanding of egg production in California. Specifically, the project will benefit California egg producers with valuable insight regarding consumer perceptions of animal welfare and cage system preferences. The data gathered can help shape educational outreach plans and objectives within the egg industry to help educate our voters on farm practices we use in the egg industry. The average consumer knows little about the term “cage free” and its industry standard and yet, votes on ballot initiatives forcing poultry producers to conform or risk closing their businesses.

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