Op-Ed

Scientists shouldn’t shill for farm industry on animal welfare

Published 10/30 in The Sacramento Bee by Dean Florez

California is the nation’s leading state for agricultural production, and also the country’s leader on animal welfare.

When I was a state lawmaker, I endorsed Proposition 2, which required that laying hens be allowed to “stand up, lie down, turn around, and freely extend their limbs.” I saw no contradiction in advocating for our agricultural economy and for farm animals receiving proper care.

Proposition 2 was an important advance, but a decade later, it’s time for an upgrade.