California's egg farmers have filed suit in Fresno County Superior Court seeking a determination that Proposition 2 - a law regulating egg-laying hen enclosures - is unconstitutionally vague.
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 2, which mandated certain space, time and movement standards for egg-laying hens in enclosures.
The proposition was pushed by the Humane Society of the United States and various groups advocating humane treatment of animals. The Humane Society sued the University of California in 2008 over what it said was an industry-biased analysis released by UC Davis during the Proposition 2 campaign.
In their suit, egg farmers contend that the Proposition 2's lack of clarity in size and density requirements prevents them from modifying their housing facilities in time to comply with a Jan. 1, 2015 implementation deadline.
The egg industry bills itself as a $300 million-plus annual enterprise in California.
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