Written by Alisa Mullins
The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments
of 2013, which Congress is currently considering, could keep hens used by the egg
industry confined to cages forever. The legislation is spearheaded by the industry's trade association, the United
Egg Producers, and, if passed, may overturn existing bans on cages for hens and
legitimize and engrain so-called "enriched" or "furnished"
cages at a time when many people and corporations are advocating for a move
away from all cages. We at PETA are pragmatists and support reduced
suffering, but even an egg industry lawyer has said that the humane groups who
support this bill have "caved":
Misleadingly named "furnished"
cages can house as many as 60 birds. The allotted space is still minuscule, the noise is overwhelming,
the stress factors are enormous, the
privacy a hen seeks in nature for her egg-laying activities is not available to her, and veterinary
care is totally lacking. Such cages
are not even remotely humane. At best, they are slightly less cruel. It is time
for true reform, not industry-fueled deception. Please join us in opposing all
cages for hens on egg farms.
What You Can Do
help protect hens by e-mailing
your representatives and urging them to vote against the Egg Products Inspection
Act Amendments of 2013.
You can also help by never
buying any eggs (even so-called "free-range" eggs
usually come from hens confined to
filthy factory-farm conditions). Instead of eggs, try scrambled tofu for breakfast, and use egg replacers such as mashed tofu, cornstarch, and ground flaxseeds in
your baked goods.
Ever wonder what hens would say if they could describe their lives on egg factory farms? Wonder no more:
"For as long as I can remember, I've been locked in this crowded, filthy cage," says the "hen" in the video. "Day after day, month after month, this is my entire life."
Hens crammed into cages on egg farms barely have room to lift a wing, much less take more than a step or two in any direction. But while consumers are increasingly concerned about the way in which they're raised, rather than being rid of cages altogether, hens are in danger of being confined to cages indefinitely. But they don't need slightly larger cages or "enriched" cages—they need no cages.
The only way to ensure that hens escape the hell of being confined to abysmally crowded, filthy cages or huge warehouses is never to buy eggs (even so-called "free-range" eggs).
Instead of eggs, try scrambled tofu for breakfast, and use egg replacers such as mashed tofu, cornstarch, and ground flaxseeds in your baked goods.
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