Target: US Congress
Goal: To raise the standards of living for laying hens to humane levels in America
Conflicting state laws currently allow egg suppliers to provide poor products and treat their hens inhumanely. With the passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, there would be a consistent federal code for farmers to follow, increasing the quality of life for hens across America and resulting in more quality eggs for consumption.
The bill would require egg producers to switch from current conventional cases to colony type housing, increasing the area of space per chicken from 67 square inches to between 124 and 148 square inches. These new housing areas would allow for chickens to engage in natural behaviors, like perching, nesting, and scratching. All eggs would have to be labeled with the type of housing the chicken it came from lived in. It would forbid the improper euthanasia of low-producing hens and inhumane practices intended to lengthen the laying cycle. If all requirements weren’t met, the eggs would not be allowed to be sold.
Overall, this bill will greatly increase the welfare of the chickens who produce eggs in America. It will result in healthier, safer chickens, and therefore result in safer and healthier eggs to eat. The bill is supported by UEP, HSUS, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Consumers League, the Association of California Egg Farmers, Colorado Egg Producers Association, Florida Poultry Association, Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, North Carolina Egg Association and Ohio Egg Processors Association.
Dear members of the US Congress,
The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 has been proposed to you in an attempt to improve the livelihood of chickens in America and make sure that all eggs sold are healthy and safe to eat. I urge you to support this bill, as it has great concern for the increasing welfare of chickens.
This bill is supported by UEP, HSUS, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the National Consumers League, as well as multitudes of smaller animal rights groups and farmers alike. The passage of this bill would benefit all parties involved; the chickens, the eggs, the farmers, and the consumers.
I implore you to get behind this very important bill. The healthiness of food relies greatly on all parts of production, and the chickens are the largest part of egg production. If the chickens are happy, the eggs will be higher quality, and this bill is vital to make this happen.
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