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Oppose the Rotten Egg Bill

May 29th, 2013 by Christy Griffin

U.S. Residents – Please Help IDA Fight Passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013!

The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, S. 820 and H.R. 1731, is known by many animal advocates as “The Rotten Egg Bill.” We can thank The Humane Farming Association for this fitting name. If this bill is passed into law, it will institutionalize the cruel confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages throughout the United States.

Ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens spend their entire short, miserable lives crammed into tiny cages with as many as ten hens per cage. Battery cages are stacked on top of one another and are packed into windowless sheds with thousands of hens per shed. Hens are so confined in battery cages that each bird has less than half the size of a sheet of paper to herself. These hens never get to breathe fresh air, see or feel the sunlight, nest, forage, or even turn around.

This legislation seeks to establish “enriched” battery cages for egg-laying hens as a national standard that cannot be changed by individual states or by public vote. Hens should not be confined to battery cages, “enriched” or not. Please send a message  to your Senators and Representatives urging them to oppose the legalization of animal cruelty that is the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013.

39 Responses to “Oppose the Rotten Egg Bill”

  1. June 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm, Stacey Morris said:

    so free range would become illegal?

  2. June 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm, Shirley Burke said:

    This sucks big time for these poor birds, let your men in Washington know this is unacceptable…..

  3. June 08, 2013 at 7:12 pm, Stephanie said:

    Leave it the United States to protect the abusers by enacting a law that goes against the current trend in every first world country. Americans are so violent.

  4. June 08, 2013 at 10:01 am, Linda Jenkins said:

    This barbaric practice is being abolished throughout the world, thankfully. These creatures actually are v.friendly, make great pets, but that aside, why on earth did ‘man’ decide that they were only commodities, to be crammed inside uncomfortable metal containers. It really shows how stupid mankind can be. Please be kind and responsible and treat these animals as they deserve.

  5. May 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm, Danny Daniel said:

    Steve King, this guy:

  6. May 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm, Kathilyn Bigler said:

    Definitely oppose this terribly abusive bill!!!!!

  7. May 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm, Dominika said:

    Unbelievable the world we live in, how can humanity even be so cruel!

  8. May 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm, Eric Mills said:

    “Rotten Egg Bill,” indeed. If passed, this regressive legislation would do at least things, all bad for chickens:
    (1) Overturn California’s hard-fought Proposition 2;
    (2) Make it illegal for states to do their own ballot initiatives to improve conditions;
    (3) Enshrine battery cages FOREVER. Those “enriched” cages are a brutal joke.

    The federal egg bill deserves an early and humane death. HSUS, for all its good work, got this one wrong, Big Time.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Mills, coordinator
    ACTION FOR ANIMALS
    Oakland

  9. May 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm, eileen bsbb said:

    Please lets end this method of intensified production and the cruelty it perpetuates if we all insisted on buying free range eggs which taste better and have richer coloured yolks then we could bring this inhumane practice to its knees

  10. May 29, 2013 at 11:51 am, Coralyn Bowd said:

    Get the petition up and I will sign

  11. May 29, 2013 at 11:48 am, Serena Vann said:

    Petition anywhere? i would sign in a aminute. Put those humans who run these places in a confined cage!