Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

I read with a heavy heart, on many levels, the article “Utah among 12 states challenging California egg law” (Dec. 4). The first paragraph pretty much says it all — that Utah wants to, in essence, be able to make hens produce eggs without allowing them to be able to “have space to stretch out in their cages.” Josh Hawley, the Missouri attorney general who is leading plans to file a lawsuit against California's law, is more concerned about “job-killing regulations” and profit than doing the right thing for the other sentient beings concerned. And as for the baloney about this law increasing the cost of eggs for prisoners, talk about manipulating statistics to suit your own denial, greed and special interests.

Please, Mr. Hawley, stop insulting your constituents’ intelligence. There are plenty of other plant-based food and protein sources available that would do just fine for our imprisoned brethren.

Mr. Hawley, as well as the rest of our elected officials, all need to remember the telling words of St. Francis of Assisi, “If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”

There are plenty for whom those words ring true, and we are watching and listening to how our elected leaders choose to serve.

Mike Ramirez

West Jordan