Important News For Hens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by jjthink, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Not a Random Rambling but a Very Important Public Service Announcement for HENS!!!

    July 7, 2011

    Humane Society, Egg Industry Agree to Promote Federal Standards for Hens

    Historic agreement sets new way forward; suspends ballot measures in Washington, Oregon

    The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers announce an unprecedented agreement to work together toward the enactment of comprehensive new federal legislation for all 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production. The proposed standards advocated by UEP and organization, if enacted, would define the first federal law addressing the treatment of animals on farms.

    The proposed legislation would:

    • require conventional cages (currently used by more than 90 percent of the egg industry) to be replaced, through an ample phase-in period, with new, enriched housing systems that provide each hen nearly double the amount of space they’re currently allotted. Egg producers will invest an additional $4 billion over the next decade and a half to effect this industry-wide make-over;

    • require that all egg-laying hens be provided, through the new enriched housing system, with environments that will allow them to express natural behaviors, such as perches, nesting boxes, and scratching areas;

    • mandate labeling on all egg cartons nationwide to inform consumers of the method used to produce the eggs, such as “eggs from caged hens,” “eggs from hens in enriched cages,” “eggs from cage-free hens,” and “eggs from free-range hens”;

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    • prohibit feed- or water-withholding molting to extend the laying cycle, a practice already prohibited by the United Egg Producers Certified program adhered to by a majority of egg farmers;

    • require standards approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association for euthanasia for egg laying hens;

    • prohibit excessive ammonia levels in henhouses; and

    • prohibit the sale of eggs and egg products nationwide that don’t meet these requirements.

    The two groups will jointly ask Congress for federal legislation which would require egg producers to increase space per bird in a tiered phase in, with the amount of space birds are given increasing, in intervals, over the next 15 to 18 years. Currently, the majority of birds are each provided 67 square inches of space, with roughly 50 million receiving 48 square inches.

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    The proposed phase-in would culminate with hens nationwide being provided a minimum of 124-144 square inches of space, along with the other improvements noted. “America’s egg producers have continually worked to improve animal welfare, and we strongly believe our commitment to a national standard for hen welfare is in the best interest of our animals, customers and consumers,” said Bob Krouse, chairman of UEP and an Indiana egg farmer. “We are committed to working together for the good of the hens in our care and believe a national standard is far superior than a patchwork of state laws and regulations that would be cumbersome for our customers and confusing to consumers.”

    “Passing this bill would be a historic improvement for hundreds of millions of animals per year,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “It is always our greatest hope to find common ground and to forge solutions, even with traditional adversaries. We are excited about a new and better pathway forward and hope the Congress seizes the opportunity to embrace this sort of collaboration and mutual understanding. We extend our thanks to the producers within the industry for agreeing to make the needed investments to upgrade their housing and improve animal welfare in a meaningful way.” If passed by Congress, the legislation would supersede state laws including those that have been passed in Arizona, California, Michigan and Ohio.

    In recognition of ballot Proposition 2 passed by voters in that California in 2008, UEP and organization will ask Congress to require California egg producers—with nearly 20 million laying hens—to eliminate conventional cages by 2015 (the date Prop 2 is scheduled to go into effect), and provide all hens with the space and environmental enrichments that the rest of the egg industry will be phasing in over the next 15 to 18 years. These requirements will also apply to the sale of all eggs and egg products in California under the proposed federal legislation.

    This agreement to pass comprehensive federal legislation for standards of egg production puts a hold on planned ballot measures related to egg-laying hens in both Washington and Oregon.


    Media Contacts
    HSUS: Anna West, 757-575-0079, [email protected]; Heather Sullivan, 240-477-2551, [email protected]

    UEP: Jewanna Porter, 404-367-2761, [email protected]

    The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization—backed by 12 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The organization has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the web at

    United Egg Producers (UEP) is a Capper-Volstead cooperative for U.S. egg farmers, representing the ownership of approximately 80 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens. UEP members produce eggs using various systems including modern cage production, cage-free, free range, organic and other specialty eggs. For more information about UEP, please go to
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  2. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2010
    That is what they did in Europe, especially Germany a few years back. I understand that by 2012 "laying batteries" will be outlawed completely over there. Only free range (in a building) and grass range will be allowed. They also coded each individual egg with numbers that indicated the farm it was laid, the enviroment/conditions the hens live in and the country. Worked out pretty good and did not raise egg prices significantly, which was what everybody worried about.
  3. klen

    klen Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    WOOT! Go Oregon! .....and Washington
  4. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    Went to a meeting about this sort of cage sysetem in May posted about never got any responces [​IMG]

    Yes by 2012 battery cages well be out lawed in europe correct. At the local AC they have been doinf stuides about this cage sytem since there poultry building reopend in (o7?). There are soo many cage systems that could be done here:

    We have Enrchied Cage systems

    Floock Cage systems

    and a few more that escape me...

    The Enriched Cage system systems well be the ones that most farmers go with. The ones i was told about, have scratching areas (or areas with grit) roosts (could be made out of plastic or metal)

    Compltly sealed off nesting boxes etc. I wish i had the notes.

    There are some other net coops i saw. One in the netherlands is an octagonal shape with areas for food and water and then grass. They have also stared to sell eggs in packs of 7 (1 for each day of the week)
  5. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    You know what really gets me ...

    They will spend all this money on "enrichment cages/supplies" when their buildings are usually on plenty of land to free-range in a large fenced area. lol The simplest things are usually the best way! At least all the chicken factories I know are on plenty of land. It wouldn't even cost them much money to set up.

    Its easy enough to train a chicken to go indoors to lay, LOL.
  6. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    I am happy to see the US is moving in a positive direction. It is still not enough and until the commercial chicken/egg producers keep their chickens the way I do, I will never buy an egg nor a piece of chicken or chicken product from any market or eatery. That is our own personal choice but again, I am happy to see this and appreciate you posting about it.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Folks, this thread is about a proposed law, and not about any animal rights organizations. From the rules:

    14. No discussions about animal rights organizations​
  8. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    I am happy to see the US is moving in a positive direction. It is still not enough and until the commercial chicken/egg producers keep their chickens the way I do

    I agree compleatly with you, I am so happy that they are finaly doing somthing about this. its not alot, but its a start for a new life for the battery hens.

    oh does anyone where I can adopt some ex battery hens?​
  9. RedReiner

    RedReiner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Monroe, Wa
    boy I cant even say what I wanna say lol. that org had nothing to do with the original bills passed by the egg farmers yet somehow they ended up taking the credit and the media for it. go figure....
  10. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    They failed to mention conjugal visits.

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