Unfortunately, the writer of the recent letter in favor of more rights for chickens ("Give farm chickens some space," May 5) does not seem to understand who will be picking up the tab for new and increased housing for egg-laying hens if her initiative passes in the fall.
Some companies will replace their housing, it is true, but most will leave California to produce eggs elsewhere. In either case, it is the consumer who will pay the price.
If you go into the store, you will see eggs from cage-free chickens selling at $1 higher per dozen than regular eggs. You can vote for rights for chickens now -- just buy cage-free eggs.
Perhaps the letter writer does not mind paying extra for her food, but she is demanding that every family in California pay extra as well. Wait, perhaps she does not eat eggs or meat at all!
This is the kind of "1984" dictatorial behavior that drives away jobs and consumer choices and makes living more expensive here in California. Please do your own thinking -- and allow everyone to make their own choices.