There were several important changes to animal protection in the United States in 2018. California became the first state to ban cosmetic testing on animals and also made improvements for a handful of species used in factory farming. Prop 12 was passed, increasing minimum size standards for these species, but the most drastic change was the banning of eggs produced by egg-laying hens housed in cages—effectively prohibiting the use of cages for these birds in the state and the sale of eggs from producers that use cages in production facilities out of state. Florida and New Jersey made influential advancements for animals by banning greyhound racing and prohibiting traveling circuses from using wild animals in shows, respectively. Although some states introduced legislation that can potentially harm animals, like Iowa’s conventional egg law, there was a general wave of strengthening animal protection among the states that many are hopeful will carry over into 2019.
2018 State Legislative Review,
Animal L. Rev.
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