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Two years after California voters approved a law designed to create humane standards for farm animals, it isn't clear if these hens are leading lives of luxury--or being treated cruelly.

J.S. West responded to the requirements by upgrading one of its buildings with the more spacious, furnished cages, known as enriched colony systems. The Humane Society of the US says these new...
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  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
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  • Eggs are carried on conveyor belts in J.S. West's $3.2 million "enriched colony system" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_23.jpg
  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_35.jpg
  • Eggs on a conveyor belt in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_33.jpg
  • Chickens in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_26.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_04.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_05.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_06.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_08.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_09.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_10.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_11.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_12.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_13.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_14.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_15.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_16.jpg
  • A chicken uses a scratching pad, one of the new features of J.S. West's $3.2 million "enriched colony system" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_19.jpg
  • A chicken uses a scratching pad, one of the new features of J.S. West's $3.2 million "enriched colony system" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_20.jpg
  • Egg-producing company J.S. West spent $3.2 million installing these "enriched colony systems" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_21.jpg
  • Eggs are carried on conveyor belts in J.S. West's $3.2 million "enriched colony system" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_22.jpg
  • J.S. West vice president Tom Silva in their $3.2 million "enriched colony system" in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_24.jpg
  • Chickens in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_27.jpg
  • Chickens in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_28.jpg
  • Chickens in one of J.S. West's traditional, non-Prop. 2 compliant, cage systems in Atwater, California,  August 11, 2010. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, requires that egg-laying hens in California be able to fully extend their limbs, lie down and turn in a circle within their enclosures. .CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The Wall Street Journal.EGGS
    EGGS_29.jpg


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