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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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

Just how does one buy FREE eggs?

Cheyenne Thunderbird

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

Kevin Cline
Past Member 5 years ago

thank you

Isabelle J.
Isabelle J5 years ago

Good news!

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M5 years ago

"...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?

Vidal S.
Vidal S5 years ago

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....

KS Goh
KS G5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

~This is definitly good news!!~

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

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