Treating farm animals humanely is an age-old principle for American farmers, a standard that doesn’t require an act of Congress.
The United Egg Producers (UEP) and Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) are focusing their efforts this year on congressional passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.
The legislation will require egg producers to double the cage sizes for their laying hens – among other things. It’s part of an agreement between the UEP and HSUS that supposedly will end HSUS attacks on the egg industry.
Gene Gregory, UEP president and CEO, says, “Egg producers shouldn’t have different, costly rules in all 50 states.”
He says this would happen if the legislation is opposed. Gregory says the legislation is needed for consumers and the survival of egg farmers.