Food Fact: Congress Considering Act to Protect Egg-Laying Hens

food factCongress is considering the first federal law that would protect egg-laying hens in factory farms.

According to Food Safety News:

The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers — who, by all accounts, are strange bedfellows — announced Monday strong support for H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, which was introduced this week by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), and Jeff Denham (R-CA).


In exchange for a national standard, HSUS agreed to stop seeking stricter state-level egg standard laws, which create a patchwork of varying and sometimes conflicting regulations for the industry. The Egg Inspection Act Amendments would put the deal struck between the two groups into law.

Take Action: Urge your representative to support the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendment of 2012.

5 thoughts on “Food Fact: Congress Considering Act to Protect Egg-Laying Hens”

  1. Education of the consumers of eggs is a better approach than more regulations that have been written by the largest egg producers in the country. The intent of the bill sounds very reasonable, but when has our government got it right? Usually these things just cause trouble for the little guys, while the big producers just get business as usual.

    1. I think a battery cage ban is important, as an anti-cruelty measure. This ban would ONLY affect the huge producers; ‘little guys’ tend to use other methods anyway. I personally think the best way to avoid cruel and unsustainable animal farming practices is to avoid buying eggs or other animal products at all; but this is an important first step, I think, in demanding reasonable welfare standards for farmed animals. If they don’t get it right on the first try, it’ll be up to consumers to agitate some more, until they do! and it will still be better than no anti-cruelty regulation for egg producers at all, which is what we have now.

  2. There is a lot more information out there that will give you a better view of this issue. Those against it are not for battery cages. This bill will override states that have already banned cages. All for the sake of United Egg Producers. So they will be able to sell eggs in states that don’t want them. Oh, and the hens get an additional 8 square inches of cage!! Please do a search of this amendment, it will be a bad law if passed.

    1. Worse than nothing?! I don’t think so… too many states have NO protections for egg laying hens; I think an imperfect federal law is better than what we have now. I have read a good deal about it, and have seen nothing that makes me think it’s anything but a darn good start. I’m for it; but of course I’ll keep educating myself on the issues involved, and encourage you to do the same ;-)

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