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9040Re: [SFVS] HR 3798 - something smells like a rotten egg bill

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  • Nettie Schwager
    Feb 5, 2012
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      Thank you for this email Hope!




      On Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM, Hope <hope@...> wrote:

      Here’s some truth about this historic bill:


      1.      All of the major backers of Prop 2 endorse this legislation: Farm Sanctuary, Mercy For Animals, In Defense of Animals, Compassion Over Killing, Animal Legal Defense Fund, HSUS and more. You can see a joint ad (http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/farm/animal_people_fed_hen.pdf) from these and other animal protection groups on why HR 3798 is so important.

      2.      How Prop 2 will be applied by state officials is still an undecided outcome. The industry—and its allies in the California government—are arguing that it means far less space than what this national standard would be. There’s a real question as to whether Prop 2 will be watered down by hostile state agricultural officials. This national bill would set the standard, and actually goes beyond Prop 2 in its scope.

      3.      As to setting a national space standard for space, it’s important to avoid the illusion that states are lining up to ban cages for laying hens. The vast majority of U.S. egg-laying hens live in states where we have no pathway to provide them with any legal protection whatsoever (i.e., there's no ballot measure option and little political will among lawmakers in those states). If anything, these big egg production states (e.g., Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, etc.) are more likely to ban investigations of factory farms rather than cages on factory farms.

      4.      While Prop 2 dealt only with a space standard for hens, the federal legislation will not only require more space but also other improvements to make it a more comprehensive policy for hen welfare. H.R. 3798 requires enrichments such as nests and perches so hens can engage in natural behaviors; bans inhumane practices such as forced starvation molting; prohibits excessive ammonia levels in henhouses; and establishes a national egg labeling program so consumers can have more information about where eggs come from in the marketplace (e.g., “eggs from caged hens” or “eggs from cage-free hens”).

      5.      This legislation offers the opportunity not just to help millions of birds in one state, but hundreds of millions of birds in all 50 states in one fell swoop, including big egg production states where we are very unlikely to be able to provide any relief at all for hens otherwise.

      6.      In the EU, were they have banned battery cages, there has not been an increase in egg consumption and in some areas it has gone down. Further, in the U.S., since we have started this legislation, animal products consumption has gone down, likely from the increased awareness these legislative campaigns bring.

      7.      You can see a letter from most of the major agribusiness groups on why they oppose this legislation at this link (http://www.cok.net/blog/sites/www.cok.net.blog/files/imce/12-06-11%20Ag%20Groups%20on%20the%20Federal%20Hen%20Bill.pdf)


      The “Francione abolitionist” movement has been exactly what our opponents wanted for decades. They couldn't have created a better wedge to divide the animal rights movement. “Francione abolitionists” and everyone else used to be close allies, united to decrease suffering. Now, thanks to the abolitionists leaders, the movement is divided and turning their attacks upon each other, instead of attacking the animal abusers. Every bit of energy, every statement written by “abolitionist” folks attacking a piece of legislation or another organization is a statement not written attacking the people that bring misery to animals.


      This is a historic piece of legislation, and we will not stop there- but it is a huge step that could ease the suffering of HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of birds in real time. I encourage everyone to support it.



      Hope Bohanec

      Grassroots Campaigns Director

      In Defense of Animals




      From: SFVeg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SFVeg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of B
      Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2012 12:15 AM
      To: SFVeg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [SFVS] HR 3798 - something smells like a rotten egg bill



      Please, for the love of animals, for the sake of chickens, I beg you to reject new legislation created by the bird-torturing-and-killing egg industry - HR 3798 "The Egg Products Inspection Act", a lobbying scheme of the United Egg Producers, and its fully-owned subsidiary, "The Humane Society of the United States", a $120,000,000 a year corporation, often portrayed as an animal advocacy charity. HR 3798 dictates the labeling requirements on egg packaging to describe different categories of imprisonment, torture, mutilation, and murder deemed acceptable by the Humane Society of the United States and its partner organization, which represents 88% of egg production. It determines the number of square inches of space that egg producers should allocate for each bird. "The Egg Products Inspection Act" nullifies, overturns, and supersedes Prop 2, the California initiative overwhelmingly passed by the voters, supported by H$U$, and opposed by its (then) adversary (now partner) United Egg Producers. H$U$ CEO Wayne Pacelle heralded the signing of Prop 2 as the dawning of a cage-free California. Now, Pacelle, and UEP President Gene Gregory are in bed together, giving birth to HR 3798 and a white-washed brainwashed caging of an entire nation forever. The good-hearted animal activists who worked so diligently to pass Prop 2 because they cried over the 8 inch by 11 inch (88 square inches) space hens were afforded in California are now rewarded for their efforts with the H$U$-UEP HR 3798 allowing 76 square inches for brown hens and 67 square inches for white hens in California for years to come. The "higher" requirements for "enriched-cage" housing provide 116 square inches for brown hens and 101 square inches for white hens. As of December 31, 2029, if anyone remembers and if the world exists in 18 years, space in "enriched cages" is scheduled to expand to 12 inches by 12 inches (144 square inches) for brown hens, 124 square inches for white hens. Why would H$U$ sell out its followers, donors, and volunteers, and sell out the chickens, flip flopping from opposing cages to supporting cages, and supporting the notorious "enriched cages", recognized worldwide as inhumane? Why, Wayne Pacelle? Why do you support this legislation that not only reverses Prop 2, but bans any state or municipality from legislating any further improved "housing" - cage-free or otherwise? Something smells like a rotten egg bill. ("Our public relations people and HSUS's public relations people are working together. Their legislative team is working with our legislative team. Wayne Pacelle and I have become pretty good friends." – Gene Gregory, President, United Egg Producers) The public relations people have to be working overtime on this one. The egg industry not only doesn't want to look like the bad guys, it wants to profit from looking like the good guys. It's hard not to look like bad guys when you kill all newborn male babies, suffocate them, and grind them alive at birth. It's hard not to look like a bad guy when you're taking little baby birds and cutting off their faces in debeaking mutilation, tossing them in prison, and then gassing them to death. It's hard not to look like a bad guy when you are a killer. The specialty of H$U$ is making bad guys look good - it has had practice with Michael Vick, Wolfgang Puck, Procter and Gamble, and others. The match between the Humane Society of the United States and United Egg Producers is a match made in animal hell. Unsuspecting animal advocates, who think H$U$ is one of them, are the target of the H$U$-UEP public relations machine. Battery cages, packed and stacked high in long rows, are renamed "colonies", a strip of plastic with some sand or wood shavings becomes a "nest". Throw in a stick, call it a "perch", and you have "adequate environmental enrichments", not adequate from the chickens' perspective, but from that of H$U$ and UEP. For vegans and animal advocates to partner with the egg industry, which includes H$U$, and to support "The Egg Products Inspection Act" further perpetuates the myth of "humane" meat, provides the public with its excuse for not going vegan, and is a tragedy for billions of innocent lives. Isn't it your mission to get people to stop eating eggs? Why would you endorse egg eating because chickens are promised furniture in their death row prison in 18 years? There is no victory for animal advocacy in a campaign that permanently assures torture and murder for 100% of all animals 100% of the time and attaches a stamp of public approval. Don't be diverted. Your job is to get everyone to GO VEGAN!!! I urge you to watch the slide show on the accompanying link which will convince you not to support the rotten egg bill.
      Listen to GO VEGAN WITH BOB LINDEN for coverage of this issue in the weeks ahead...www.GoVeganRadio.com - Bob Linden

      "The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo.  When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another."
          Albert Schweitzer

        Check out the website:  chooseveg.com
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