New Mexico Bill Would Prohibit Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens

New Mexico Senate Bill 347 would prohibit the confinement of an egg-laying hen in an enclosure with less than one square foot of usable space per hen after July 1, 2022. The bill would also prohibit the sale or transport of eggs produced by a hen confined in a manner that is prohibited after July 1, 2022. After July 1, 2024, the bill would prohibit the confinement of an egg-laying hen in an enclosure that is not a cage-free housing system, an enclosure that has less than “one square foot of usable floor space per egg-laying hen in a cage-free housing system that provides egg-laying hens with unfettered access to vertical space,” or an enclosure that has less than “one and one-half square feet of usable floor space per egg-laying hen in a cage-free housing system that does not provide egg-laying hens with unfettered access to vertical space.”