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Historic Agreement for More Humane Egg Production

Historic Agreement for More Humane Egg Production

By Jennifer Mishler, ecorazzi

Animal lovers, rejoice! An agreement has been made between United Egg Producers (UEP) and several organizations to improve the treatment of egg-laying hens in the factory farming industry. UEP, which represents nearly all of the United States’ egg farms, has agreed to support federal legislation that, if enacted, will be a milestone in the movement for change in big agriculture’s treatment of animals.

Organizations including Farm Sanctuary and the Humane Society of the United States and their supporters have been hard at work to reach this agreement and are pushing for legislation to be passed. According to Bruce Friedrich, Senior Director of Initiatives at Farm Sanctuary, on the Huffington Post this week: “This bill, if enacted, will be the first federal law relating to the treatment of chickens used for food, the first federal law relating to the treatment of animals while on farms, and the first federal law improving the treatment of farmed animals in more than thirty years.”

All egg farms would be required to end the use of battery cages (tiny cages in which chickens are kept without room to move or even stretch), provide the birds with enrichment and ability to engage in natural behaviors, label egg cartons with information regarding the raising of the chickens used, and stop the process of forced molting by starving the birds. The farms would also be prohibited from excessive use of ammonia in their hen facilities and be required to utilize humane euthanasia practices. The selling of any eggs or products made from those eggs not meeting these requirements would be prohibited.

The millions of animals in the egg industry often live in horrific conditions and are severely abused and neglected. This is a powerful step toward change!

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Ecorazzi has been providing the latest in green gossip since August 2006. The environment is serious stuff. The same goes for animal rights and humanitarian issues. But that doesn't mean that it needs to be complex and boring! Ecorazzi takes the latest in celebrity gossip and entertainment news and filters out all of the fluff. What's left are fun and interesting stories that you want to hear about, without the guilt.

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7:18AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:23PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Just how does one buy FREE eggs?

1:47PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

I rather pay more and buy free chicken eggs. Watc the Jamie Oliver document: All about Chicken...then you think twice what you eat

9:10AM PDT on May 27, 2012

thank you

1:33PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Good news!

2:55PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

"...if enacted..." and when do these glorious living conditions occur? Good grief, it's really hard to "rejoice" about something that might happen in the ever so distant future. Just how many millions will continue to suffer needlessly until then? Just sick. Buy free range, organic or from your local farmer who you know. How can anyone support such a greedy, cruel industry?

9:08PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

These changes to benefit the millions of hens across the US will not take place for many years. WHY? Read this http://www.hfa.org/pr012412.html

Something isn't right....

5:38AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:40PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

~This is definitly good news!!~

9:26AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I'll be happy if they r e a l l y are made to do what's been decreed.

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