The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is criticizing the effort to block California’s law dictating how eggs that enter that state are being produced.
HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle accuses state officials of “political grandstanding” and “wasting taxpayer dollars,” He also accuses those states of “trying to force sub-standard products on California consumers”. Pacelle says some studies show higher rates of Salmonella in caged facilities when compared to cage-free egg operations.
But Nebraska governor Dave Heineman, a frequent critic of HSUS, says Nebraska will not be intimidated by the animal rights organization.
“As I’ve told them on many occasions, ‘You want to come to Nebraska? If you want to to fight—and we’re not asking for it—but if you want to fight, we’ll win that fight’. And then I’ll go everywhere in America and explain how we did it—because too many other states have caved in to them,” says Heineman.
The governor says HSUS is anti-agriculture.
“They’re out to destroy the number one industry in this state. We’re not going to let it happen in this state. It’s high time they started being honest with everybody about what they’re really all about.”
Five states, including Nebraska and Iowa, have joined Missouri in its lawsuit against California and its law that says all eggs entering California must be produced in accordance with California’s larger cage size standards for egg-laying hens.