But just how many hens are we talking about here? Well, California is the fifth largest egg-producing state behind Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. The state produces about five billion eggs per year, which is roughly 20 million hens. It has also been reported that California imports an additional 20 million eggs per day, meaning that another 29.2 million hens per year living in other states are also spreading their wings with extra room to move.
Some of these hens will be a little happier than others, though. While all these hens are guaranteed more space, some businesses have opted to simply use larger cages. Not cool, I know. But you can help. When you're out shopping, make sure you're still looking for cage-free eggs, even if you're in California. Also look for businesses who have committed to cage-free eggs and are reporting their progress so that you know their promises are backed by proof.
Don't worry, we have you covered with a few tools to get you what you're looking for. When you're going out shopping, don't forget to download World Animal Protection's egg-buying guide, or if you're dining out, just download our restaurant card to remind restaurant owners that cage-free is the only way to go. With your help, we'll move even more businesses to be heroes for hens in 2015!