Eggclusive: End Battery Cages

By March 2, 2012Food Buzz

Beyond getting you the best produce around, it’s our job at Terra to keep you informed about important policy that affects food. There is currently a federal bill, H.R. 3798, that will phase out barren battery cages throughout the entire United States! If H.R. 3798 is passed you will be a part of helping over 250 million egg-laying hens in this country.

H.R. 3798 would:

  • require phased in construction of new hen housing systems that provide each hen nearly double the amount of space they’re currently provided;
  • require environmental enrichments so  birds can engage in important natural behaviors currently denied to them in barren cages, 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” or “eggs from cage-free hens;”
  • prohibit forced molting through starvation—an inhumane practice which is inflicted on tens of millions of hens each year and which involves withholding all food from birds for up to two weeks in order to manipulate the laying cycle.

With your help we can now change the lives of over 250 million egg-laying hens in the United States.

How You Can Help:

H.R. 3798 is currently sitting in House subcommittee, and needs your support. Contact your legislators to let them know that you support this bill.


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