Animal Organizations Intensify Opposition to Egg Bill

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•12

Action Alert:

Animal Organizations Intensify Opposition to Egg Bill (H.R. 3798)

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The Humane Farming Association (HFA) is escalating its campaign to stop the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012″ (HR 3798) and urging people to contact their federal representatives and sign the online petition to oppose the Rotten Egg Bill.
A Cage Is A Cage video clip
“The egg industry is seeking to establish egg factory cages as a national standard that could never be challenged or changed by state law or public vote,” said Bradley Miller, National Director of the Humane Farming Association. “This bill would preempt state laws, such as California’s Proposition 2, and is a direct assault upon egg laying hens, voters, and states’ rights.”

 

Animated Short Released

HFA is releasing a powerful animated short, A Cage Is A Cage. Told from a laying hen’s perspective, the piece highlights the fact that the bill would merely “trade one cruel metal cage for another, even though most people want hens out of cages.”

“The Rotten Egg Bill would be disastrous for laying hens who would be forever locked in cages – as well as for millions of voters whose rights would be traded away for the sake of egg industry politics. A Cage Is A Cage drives home these points in just 90 seconds,” said Miller.

United Egg Producers (UEP) Price Fixing

HFA is also expanding its ad campaign to further expose UEP’s price-fixing scandal. UEP and several of the egg companies it represents have been sued repeatedly for alleged illegal price fixing, paying $25 million to settle allegations that they illegally manipulated the price and supply of eggs under the guise of instituting standards for animal welfare.

With active lawsuits pending against them, UEP and its co-defendants are asking Congress to codify a set of standards that would, in effect, provide legal cover for the very activities of which they stand accused.

“According to the bill’s own sponsor, this bill has been introduced to protect the economic interests of the egg industry,” said Miller.

Widespread Opposition From Animal Organizations, Advocates

“There is no such thing as an ‘enriched’ battery cage. HR 3798 is an outrageous attempt by the egg industry and its cohorts to enrich themselves at the expense of laying hens and the public at large,” said Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals.

“The cages defined by the legislation will in no meaningful way reduce the unimaginable suffering endured by the hens,” said Nedim C. Buyukmihci, V.M.D., Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Medicine at U.C. Davis. (Read full statement here.)

“Even if HR 3798 passes, the majority of hens will remain entombed in battery cages on factory farms,” said Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns. “They will be locked into a federal law administered by the USDA which does not even enforce the 54-year-old ‘Humane Slaughter Act.’”

“We urge people to contact their federal representatives to oppose this bill. Rather than outlawing cages, as voters demand, this cynical measure would outlaw the banning of cages,” said Miller.

In addition to the Humane Farming Association, opponents of HR 3798 include Friends of Animals, United Poultry Concerns, Last Chance for Animals, Action for Animals, Northwest Animal Rights Network, Defend Animals Coalition, Political Animals, Animals Unlimited, Sunnyskies Bird and Animal Sanctuary, SAFE, Chicken Run Rescue, Associated Humane Societies, and the vast majority of rank and file animal advocates.

About HFA: The Humane Farming Association spearheads a national campaign against factory farming. It also operates the nation’s largest farm animal rescue and refuge facility. Founded in 1985, and over 250,000 members strong, HFA is nationally recognized and respected for its hard work, integrity, and its highly successful campaigns. To learn more, visit hfa.org.

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Stop The Rotten Egg Bill

Written By: admin - Apr• 16•12

If you are an advocate for Animal Rights, spread the word about this restrictive bill. http://StopTheRottenEggBill.org/

Egg Industry Bill Would Keep Hens in Cages Forever

“Opposing ballot measures is very expensive. The only way we can avoid them is through federal preemption. That is the reason why we need federal legislation.”

— Gene Gregory, President,
United Egg Producers

The egg industry’s trade association – the United Egg Producers (UEP) – has hatched an insidious plan:   It is now pushing for federal legislation that, if enacted, would forever keep hens locked in cages, despite the wishes of the vast majority of the American public.

To accomplish this, UEP’s federal legislation would amend what is known as the “Egg Products Inspection Act.”  Specifically, the amendment (H.R. 3798) seeks to federally establish that egg factory cages would be legally accepted as a national standard that could never be challenged or changed by state law or public vote.

The Humane Farming Association and other responsible activists have united to defeat this scheme.

UEP claims that its legislation would eventually result in “progress” for laying hens.  Just the opposite is true.  In reality, the egg industry merely agreed to slowly (at the glacial pace of 18 years) continue the meager changes in battery cage conditions that are already occurring due to state laws and public pressure. 

Fortunately, there is still time for all of us to stop this agribusiness scheme.  You can do two easy things right now to help the Humane Farming Association defeat this bill with just a few clicks: sign our Humane Farming Association petition and email your representative right from this website.

Please help make clear to our elected leaders that the egg industry’s unprecedented attack on anti-cruelty laws, states’ rights, and animal protection must not stand. Thank you for helping the Humane Farming Association and others to Stop the Rotten Egg Bill!

Click here to read a veterinary perspective on the Rotten Egg Bill.

 

 

Farm Animal Rescue Suwanna Ranch

Written By: admin - Apr• 16•12

Farm Animal Rescue Suwanna Ranch

As HFA makes headlines for its hard-hitting campaigns against factory farming, there is another aspect of our work that is equally meaningful: HFA’s hands-on emergency care and refuge for abused animals.

HFA’s Suwanna Ranch – the world’s largest farm animal refuge – provides over seven square miles of land for rescued victims of animal cruelty. Suwanna Ranch continues to gain national recognition for its lifesaving work – providing rescue assistance and refuge to hundreds of abused and neglected animals each year.

HFA is the only national animal protection organization that has never turned away farm animals seized as a result of a cruelty case. The fact that HFA stands ready to provide both temporary and permanent care encourages law enforcement agencies across the country to use their legal authority to rescue farm animals from criminal neglect and cruelty.

The cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, burros, llamas, emus, and other animals HFA cares for each year arrive with their own tragic stories. But these stories now have happy endings. At HFA’s Suwanna Ranch, victims of cruelty find kindness they had never before experienced. For the first time in their lives, they find compassionate and caring people who are there to help them rather than to harm them.

In addition to providing care and shelter to abused animals seized in cruelty cases, Suwanna Ranch also functions as one of the region’s largest wildlife sanctuaries. Several areas within Suwanna Ranch are maintained as protected habitats for deer, bear, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, possum, owl, beaver, otter, eagle, hawk, quail, wild turkey, egret, pheasant, great blue heron, and other wildlife. Protecting the wildlife of Suwanna Ranch requires constant vigilance. Our dedicated staff has instituted security measures in order to apprehend persons found hunting/trespassing.

HFA’s standing policy is to prosecute poachers to the fullest extent of the law. In addition to pursuing misdemeanor penalties under the state’s fish and game laws, HFA also files civil lawsuits against violators.

HFA’s overall campaign against factory farming – groundbreaking legal actions, anti-cruelty investigations, National Veal Boycott, and campaign against slaughterhouse abuses – continues to be a leading force against cruel agribusiness practices.

HFA members will be kept apprised of upcoming open house events or other opportunities to visit Suwanna Ranch.

Please join with us!

Humane Farming Association & Our Goals

Written By: admin - Apr• 16•12
HFA’s goals are to protect farm animals from cruelty, to protect the public from the dangerous misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms, and to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories.
Company Overview

Founded in 1985 and now over 250,000 strong, HFA has gained national recognition and respect through its hard work and its highly visible, highly successful campaigns. HFA’s goals are to protect farm animals from cruelty, to protect the public from the dangerous misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms, and to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories.

As HFA makes headlines for its landmark victories and hard-hitting anti-cruelty campaigns, there is another equally meaningful aspect to our work – and that is HFA’s Farm Animal Refuge Suwanna Ranch. Suwanna Ranch is the largest farm animal rescue facility in the world. Over seven square miles, HFA’s Refuge offers hands-on emergency care, rehabilitation, and refuge for abused farm animals. HFA is the only national farm animal protection organization with a shelter that has never turned away farm animals seized as a result of a cruelty cas

Humane Education

Written By: admin - Apr• 16•12

Humane Education

HFA’s program to end the inhumane treatment of farm animals is far reaching and multi-faceted. HFA’s award-winning The Pig Picture documentary along with HFA’s Level I and Level II Farm Animal Educational Books are being used by teachers nationwide to explore the problems of factory farming.

HFA’s materials are receiving glowing reviews from parents, educators, and others who are looking for educational materials relating to farm animal protection. More meaningful, perhaps, have been the hundreds of emails, letters and art we have received from young people across the country.

The Pig Picture

The Pig Picture may forever change America’s image of the “Other White Meat.” Highlighting HFA investigative footage, this powerful documentary traces the development of commercial pig production in America – from the small-scale family farms of yesterday – to the corporate-owned pig factories of today. This acclaimed documentary details the natural behavior of pigs, the suffering of factory-raised pigs, the industry’s reliance upon antibiotics, and the environmental impact of factory farming.

The Pig Picture is appropriate for viewers of all ages and does not contain scenes of animal slaughter.

HFA’s Farm Animal and Activity Workbooks

HFA’s activity books are designed to challenge, inspire, and motivate children to think of ways in which they might directly make a difference for farm animals. Through the use of games, stories, and explanations of the problems associated with factory farming, these activity books reinforce the ethos of human compassion and kindness toward animals.

Level I: HFA’s Coloring and Activity Book (Ages 4-7 – approximate)

When a child thinks of a farm, various images come to mind: pigs happily rolling in the mud, chickens busily scratching in the dirt, or cows peacefully grazing in a field. The Level I: Coloring and Activity Book is designed to support this wholesome vision of how farm animals should be treated.

Some materials dealing with farm animals distance children from the fact that cows, pigs, and chickens are living, feeling, sentient beings. HFA’s Coloring and Activity Book is designed to reinforce what children already know: that farm animals – like all animals – have basic needs. Farm animals need fresh air to breathe, ample room in which to walk and run, and a healthful environment where they can express their natural behaviors. Each page is sensitively crafted to be thought provoking and educational.

Level II: HFA’s Story and Activity Book (Ages 5-14 – approximate)

HFA’s Level II Farm Animal Story and Activity Book features farm animal facts, creative games and activities and the compelling adventure of a boy named Scoop. The Level II workbook is designed to cover the wide range of awareness and sensibilities of school children of various ages.

Young readers are invited to embark on a journey. Through Scoop’s eye-opening adventures, they will learn that not all farms are the idyllic places they may have imagined. They discover that they can help alleviate the cruelty that many animals are forced to endure – and that they can make a difference in our world.

We invite you to participate in our efforts to end the mistreatment of farm animals. Planning a farm animal lecture, program or presentation can be a fun and educational experience for you, your class, or your family.

HFA’s educational materials can be ordered at HFA’s online marketplace.

Humane Farming Association – Egg Industry

Written By: admin - Apr• 16•12

Eggribusiness

Today’s eggs come from huge indoor factories where literally millions of hens are kept in the most inhumane, disease-ridden conditions imaginable.

In the crowded “battery cages” of today’s egg factories, the life of a factory farmed hen is one of intense suffering. She is confined her entire life in a tiny cage with four, five (or more) other hens. There’s barely room to stand, let alone walk or stretch her wings. Normal behaviors such as nest building, dust bathing, perching, scratching the ground, and walking are all impossible.

HFA’s extensive investigation of the egg industry has revealed:

  • The advertising phrase “No Hormones” is used deceptively by the industry to lead consumers to believe eggs are raised naturally. The industry fails to warn of the enormous amounts of antibiotics, pesticides, and other chemicals used.
  • Up to five hens are crowded for life in a cage with the floor space barely larger than the size of a folded newspaper.
  • Feed additives are used to artificially color egg yolks in order to create a “natural” yellow appearance.
  • Barely able to move, the hens incessantly strike out in frustration – pecking at the only thing available: each other.
  • To reduce cannibalism, laying hens are “debeaked.” Debeaking is a painful procedure whereby the hen’s sensitive upper beak is sliced off with a hot blade. Many die from shock during the process.
  • Male chicks are of no value to the egg industry. They are thrown into plastic bags to suffocate slowly under the weight of chicks dumped on top. Others are ground into animal feed – while still alive.
  • Veterinary care is non-existent. Individual hens are considered cheap and expendable. Critically ill birds are simply thrown onto “dead piles”.

ANYTHING GOES WITH EGGS?

Anything goes, all right – antibiotics, pesticides, food poisoning, “debeaking” hens with hot blades, suffocating baby chicks, food and water deprivation, battery caging….

Excessive cholesterol is only one among many hazards posed by egg consumption. To keep millions of hens alive in the polluted egg factory environment, the industry relies upon antibiotics, pesticides, and other hazardous chemicals. The toxic dangers these hidden ingredients pose to consumers make the health hazards associated with cholesterol seem minor by comparison.

Can eggs from drugged and diseased hens possibly be good for consumers as the advertisements claim? Certainly not. Leading public health professionals warn that the wholesale misuse of antibiotics is creating hazardous strains of bacteria, such as salmonella. Many of these antibiotic resistant “super bugs” can be lethal to human beings.

Insecticides are not only sprayed around the cages but are actually mixed in the feed given to the hens. “Feed-through” insecticides are designed to make the excrement that piles up in and around the cages toxic to flies and other insects.

Over 98% of the egg market is under the control of huge agribusiness corporations. This surplus of cheap factory eggs is certainly no benefit to consumers. When the eggs you buy are tainted, the hidden costs are much higher than the price per dozen!

The Humane Farming Association believes all animals deserve to be treated with compassion and decency. Your boycott of factory farmed eggs and support of HFA will help end this cruelty.

Please join HFA today!

Humane Farming Association

Written By: admin - Apr• 16•12

The Humane Farming Association is the nation’s most effective organization dedicated to the protection of farm animals. Founded in 1985, and over 250,000 members strong, HFA has gained national recognition and respect for its hard work, integrity, and its highly-successful campaigns.

HFA’s goals are to protect farm animals from cruelty and abuse, to protect the public from the misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms, and to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories.

In addition to its signature campaign, the National Veal Boycott, HFA’s comprehensive programs include: anti-cruelty investigations and exposés, national media campaigns, direct hands-on emergency care and refuge for abused farm animals, legislation, and youth humane education. HFA also operates Suwanna Ranch — the world’s largest farm animal rescue and refuge facility.

HFA’s legislative arm – the Humane Farming Action Fund (HFAF)  is the nations only lobbying organization founded to protect farm animals. HFAF enacts strong and enforceable legislation to outlaw animal abuse and works to ensure that existing anti-cruelty laws are not undermined or weakened by inhumane and unethical meat industry-backed legislation.

All combined, HFA’s programs and activities represent the greatest hopes of those seeking to create a better world for farm animals.

Please join us!

 

HFA’s National Veal Boycott

Written By: admin - Apr• 16•12

HFA’s National Veal Boycott – Campaign Decimating Sales

“This is how veal calves live. Every minute. Every hour. Every day.”
- Bradley Miller, HFA on The Oprah Winfrey Show

HFA’s National Veal Boycott continues to be the single most successful campaign ever conducted against factory farming. When HFA began the National Veal Boycott, veal production was the most rapidly expanding segment of the meat industry. Due to years of unrelenting campaigning by HFA, including full-page advertisements in major publications such as Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and The New York Times, annual veal production has plummeted from a high of 3.4 million calves to the current level of under 1 million. This unprecedented drop of more than 70% in the sale of drugged, anemic, and tortured baby calves tells the real story of HFA’s unparalleled success in preventing the suffering of millions of animals. We are pleased to report that HFA’s longest running campaign – the National Veal Boycott – has driven veal consumption in the U.S. to an all-time record low!

HFA has also generated headlines for what would become legendary undercover investigations and direct attacks on the veal industry’s drug-based methods of operation. In so doing, HFA was successful in curtailing the use of the veal industry’s most cherished growth hormone, clenbuterol. And the extensive national publicity about this toxic and illegal drug served to inform millions of Americans about the hazards and cruelty involved in the production of veal.

When measuring our success, we do not simply add up the number of veal factories HFA has shut down, the number of veal processing plants we have forced out of business, the media coverage we have generated, or the number of veal industry leaders convicted for criminal wrongdoing.

This dramatic drop in U.S. veal sales tells the real story of HFA’s unparalleled success in preventing the suffering of millions of animals. But we can’t let up now! Your support will help HFA make even further progress in the months to come.

Please join with us!

Veal FactsFrom his first day to his last, the life of a “milk-fed” veal calf is one of deprivation, stress, and disease. Veal factories take newborn male calves from their mothers and chain them in crates measuring only 22″ wide and 58″ long. This is where they will spend their entire lives.

Chained in tiny crates, veal calves cannot walk, turn around, stretch their legs, or lie down in a natural position. To obtain the light colored meat sold as “milk-fed” veal, calves are deliberately kept anemic.

  • Veal calves are denied all solid food.
  • Veal calves suffer from chronic diarrhea.
  • Veal calves are kept in darkness.
  • Respiratory and intestinal diseases run rampant among veal calves.
  • Veal calves are deprived of drinking water.
  • In a futile attempt to quench their thirst, the calves gain weight quickly by drinking more of their drug-laced liquid feed. Serious leg injuries are caused by a complete lack of straw or other bedding. To prevent muscle development and speed weight gain, the calves are allowed absolutely no exercise.

This is the terrible fate of hundreds of thousands of veal calves every year in the United States.

Human Health HazardWould you knowingly serve your family sulfa drugs, clenbuterol, penicillin, tetracycline, or drug resistant strains of bacteria for dinner? Of course not.

Unfortunately, these and countless other substances have been found in veal calves. The harsh conditions in veal factories result in severe calf diseases. By depriving veal calves of their mother’s milk, fresh air, exercise, adequate nutrition, and proper veterinary care, veal factories are a breeding ground for stress and infectious diseases.

Veal factories attempt to counter the effects of intensive confinement by administering a wide array of antibiotics and other chemicals. This “cost effective” practice represents a significant hazard to public health. The routine use of antibiotics in veal and other factory farm products is resulting in antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. These virulent bacteria render formerly life-saving antibiotics useless in combating human disease.

How You Can Help!Consumer awareness and consumer pressure are the most effective means we have for eliminating the health hazards posed by factory farming and for ending the needless suffering of animals. Your boycott of veal and support of HFA will help end this cruelty and stop one of the most abhorrent bizarre agricultural practices ever developed – the deliberate raising of anemic animals.

And please join with us.