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Urge Congress to Improve Lives of Egg-Laying Hens on Factory Farms

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Currently, chickens on factory farms are packed into small wire battery cages about the size of third of a sheet of paper their entire lives.  They are denied everything natural to them.

Luckily, Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 (H.R. 3798) was just introduced in Congress.   The bill would force egg producers to switch to colony housing that will provide egg-laying hens with twice the amount of room they currently have.   Or, they can switch to cage-free housing.  

This proposed legislation would also ensure egg-laying hens receive environmental enrichment such as perches, nesting boxes, etc. that will replicate a more natural environment for them.   It will also ban forced molting in which hens are deprived food and water to shock their systems into producing an additional egg-laying cycle.   It will also mandate that there not be excessive ammonia levels to improve their air quality.

This bill would not only mean a better life for hens, but it will mean safer eggs for consumption.   Please contact your federal senators and representative at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to co-sponsor this common sense legislation.   Or, if you're short on time, you can send Congress a quick message.

 

I am a 2004 Public Administration and Environmental Studies graduate of Western Michigan University. Currently, I am an Environmental Law and Policy student at Vermont Law School.
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Why not just get your own chickens and eggs? &nbs... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:49:06 AM
Anyone concerned about the abuse of animals on fac... by Scott H on Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 4:40:48 PM