The Humane Society of the United States is reporting the US Senate could vote very soon on an amendment to the Farm Bill. This amendment could improve the lives of egg-laying hens on factory farms, with improvements such as doubling the space for each hen and banning inhumane practices such starving them to force a molting process.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., filed the amendment.
The HSUS is also urging people to read an editorial on the USA Today website, under the headline: “Editorial: Egg producers, activists show how to make a deal.” The focus is on the compromise between two opposing sides – the HSUS and the United Egg Producers.
Opponents are crying that the price of eggs will skyrocket, but the USA Today editorial notes the following: “” In the U.S., a study done for the egg producers found that the gradual changes would add about 10 cents to a carton of eggs by 2025, which cost an average $1.83 in April. “”
This is bill is a good step in the right direction, but I still believe the hens need more space. And I personally would pay beyond 10 more cents for each carton of eggs, if it means the hens are leading a better life.
This outrageous legislation would establish egg factory CAGES as a national standard that could never be challenged or changed by state law or public vote. Instead of outlawing cages, this crazy measure would outlaw the BANNING of cages. That is why it is being pushed by the egg industry itself! The Stop the Rotten Egg Bill (http://www.StopTheRottenEggBill.org) campaign is getting it right. Check it out. This bill would stop cage-free laws dead in their tracks and take away our voting rights!