|Sent on:||Friday, January 27, 2012 10:28 PM|
From: "Humane Farming Association" <[address removed]>
Date: January 27,[masked]:11:36 PM EST
To: [address removed]
Subject: Stop the Rotten Egg Bill (H.R. 3798)
Reply-To: "Humane Farming Association" <[address removed]>
Stop the Rotten Egg Bill (H.R. 3798)
Just days ago, a bill was introduced in Congress that would seal the fate of millions of laying hens, keeping them locked in factory farm cages forever. This Rotten Egg Bill is also known as the Egg Products Inspection Act of 2012 (H.R. 3798).
This outrageous legislation would decriminalize animal cruelty and establish egg factory cages as a national standard that could never be challenged or changed by state law or public vote. We need you to please contact your representatives today in order to stop this dangerous bill.
Substituting one cruel cage for another, the entire point of the egg industry's legislation is to:
- Deny state legislatures the ability to enact laws to outlaw cages or otherwise regulate egg factory conditions.
- Deprive voters of the right and ability to pass ballot measures banning cages.
- Nullify existing state laws that ban or restrict battery cages (including California's Proposition 2).
This destructive measure is being sponsored by the United Egg Producers (UEP) – the egg factory trade association that is currently facing charges of alleged illegal price fixing – other industry organizations, and a handful of collaborators.
Proponents claim that this legislation would eventually result in "progress" for laying hens. Just the opposite is true. In reality, the egg industry merely agreed to slowly – at the glacial pace of 18 years – continue the meager changes in battery cage conditions that are already occurring due to state laws and public pressure.
In short, the Rotten Egg Bill (H.R. 3798) would keep hens forever suffering in small cages in which they could never engage in the many natural behaviors essential for their most basic health and well being.
The position of the Humane Farming Association and other responsible activists and organizations remains clear:
- Cruelty is cruelty.
- There is no such thing as an "enriched" battery cage.
- No humane organization should ever endorse these abusive confinement systems.
- Our state laws and voting rights must not be given away.
Please visit StopTheRottenEggBill.org where you can learn more about this vitally important issue, sign our petition, and contact your U.S. Representatives directly to oppose this bill.
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About HFA: The Humane Farming Association is spearheading a national campaign against factory farming. It also operates the nation's largest farm animal rescue and refuge facility. Founded in 1985, and over 250,000 members strong, HFA has gained national recognition and respect for its hard work, integrity, and its highly successful campaigns. To learn more, visit www.hfa.org.
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Humane Farming Association
P.O. Box 3577
San Rafael, California 94912
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