Target: U.S. Senate
Goal: Vote down a deceptive bill that would outlaw the banning of battery cages for farm hens.
The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013 claims to significantly improve national standards for the humane treatment of farm hens across the country. At first glance, it seems to combat animal cruelty by reducing mistreatment of hens by providing them with twice as much room in their cages, prohibiting starvation methods, and requiring equipment for nesting and perching. Yet this legislation would also prohibit state law or a public vote from banning battery cages altogether. Urge our U.S. Senators to vote down this deceptive bill and instead sponsor legislation that would outlaw inhumane cages as well.
The Rotten Egg Bill, as it is widely referred to by opponents such as the Humane Farming Association (HFA), is supported by the egg industry, a truth that illustrates a bigger problem. This industry wishes to keep farm hens in cages indefinitely in order to keep the business successful. Mistreating hens and housing them in small cages with minimum comforts is cost-efficient. Any improvement to the life of the hen will result in required funds that the organization does not wish to pay. In addition, banning battery cages altogether, however humane and necessary, would be a step backwards for the self indulgent egg exploiters. If the measure allowed for the banning of cages in addition to improved quality of life for farm hens, there is no way the egg industry would support it.
Supporters of the bill include sponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and cosponsors Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR), as well as the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers (UEP), the latter representing 88 percent of the nation’s egg industry. While it is likely that these people, excluding the UEP, truly desire better living standards for farm hens, they seem to be distracted by short-term fixes. Any measure that would outlaw the banning of battery cages is one that needs to be adjusted.
Urge our U.S. Senate to vote down this legislation in favor of one that would increase living standards for farm hens as well as allow for future bans of battery cages. The bill as it stands promotes the economic interests of the egg industry above the well being of farm hens that deserve a cage-free life.
Dear U.S. Senate,
The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013 will soon reach the Senate for a vote. At first glance, this bill seems like the perfect solution to improving the quality of life for America’s farm hens, but a second glance reveals a deeper issue. The measure, which in most ways is highly beneficial, would outlaw the banning of battery cages for hens, and therefore it is a deceptive proposal that protects the economic interests of the egg industry above all else. The United Egg Producers (UEP), the egg industry’s largest advocacy group, supports this legislation because it ensures they can keep hens locked up and mistreated indefinitely for profit.
This is an outrage. This pro-industry bill disguised as an animal rights campaign has misled even the nation’s most prominent animal rights group, The Humane Society of the United States. The organization sponsors the bill because it increases living space for hens, requires that farms provide nesting and perching equipment, and prohibits starvation methods that interrupt the egg cycle. These are all good things, but they should not be obtained at the expense of egg laying hens who will never see daylight if this bill is passed. Please vote down this Rotten Egg Bill and opt instead for legislation that protects farm hens in the short and long-term.
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