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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.