United Poultry Concerns - http://www.UPC-online.org/
19 May 2013
The Screaming Hen Bill and the Curse of "Enriched" Cages
This form of hen torture is threatening to gain in popularity all over the
world, providing a cast-iron guarantee of further decades of suffering for
billions of hens.
- Clare Druce, Letter to activists from the UK, May 18, 2013
Many animal activists are unsure whether to support or oppose the Egg Products
Inspection Act Amendments legislation that is currently before Congress. If
passed into law, the proposed legislation will legalize keeping egg-laying hens
in cages in the U.S.
S. 820 and H.R. 1731 confirm an agreement between the U.S. egg industry and a
segment of the animal community that was struck in 2011, put before Congress in
2012, and reintroduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2013.
We invite people to visit our new Screaming Hen Bill webpage for the
articles, alerts and videos we have brought together to help people understand
why we and many other animal advocacy organizations and sanctuaries in the
United States and Europe, who care deeply about chickens, oppose legislation
that incorporates battery cages, however "enriched" with cluttered furnishings,
into federal law.
The consequences of legalized cages in the European Union have already been
disastrous for millions of hens and sickening to those who have visited
"enriched" cage facilities in England and Ireland and have seen for themselves
these dismal prison dungeons for hens.
Importing this legalized animal cruelty to the United States in the form of a
federal law that could not be improved by individual states or voters is wrong
and should not be supported.
The legislation now before Congress (S. 820 and H.R. 1731) does not seek to ban
battery cages. It seeks to legalize "enriched" battery cages for egg-laying hens
and to facilitate egg production for the egg industry.
What Can I Do?
Please visit our Screaming Hen Bill webpage and review the information
including the Egg Products Inspection Act of 2013 in its current form.
If you agree that cages, however "enriched," should not become federal law in
the United States, please contact your Senators and House Representative and
urge them to oppose the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, and
briefly and clearly explain your reason.
The Honorable _____________
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator _____________
The Honorable _____________
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative _____________
To learn who your members of Congress are, call the Capital Switchboard:
Or visit http://www.senate.gov
Thank you for taking action. http://www.upc-online.org/scream
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
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