There is good news from the egg industry as reported by the Farm Sanctuary Quarterly, Summer 2011.
The egg industry has agreed to support legislation that will markedly improve the welfare of all laying hens in the nation. Extraordinary work by thousands of Humane Society of the U.S. and Farm Sanctuary volunteers and other animal protection activists in Caifornia, Ohio, Washington, and Oregon has brought the UEP (United Egg Producers) to the table. Even the egg producers can see the writing on the wall, which foretells the end of barren battery cages, where hundreds of millions of hens currently languish without hope.
Farm Sanctuary works endlessly to protect and rescue farm animals from abuse by advocating legislative change to improve farm animal welfare. Another mission is to educate consumers about the fact that all egg consumption supports cruelty. The idea of confining hens in any cages, including the enriched cages (12 feet by 4 feet cages with perches, dust bathing areas, and other forms of enrichment) that will replace the tiny battery cages is still unacceptable to advocates but is a step in the right direction.
This is just a beginning but is a victory for farmed animals. This first step will help to improve the conditions of one of the worst abuses found in factory farming. For more information on the legislation, visit www.farmsanctuary.org
There have been other advocacy victories due to the work of animal rights activists, including Farm Sanctuary.
2002 – Key sponser of the first U.S. ballot initiative to ban gestation crates in Florida.
2003 – Argued strongly to promote the USDA to rule against the slaughter of downed cattle for human food.
2004 – Farm Sanctuary become the first animal rights organization invited to speak publicly before the USDA.
2006 – Promotion of the anti-confinement campaign bears fruit when Arizona voted to ban the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs and veal crates for calves in their state.
2007 – After a 2-year campaign, celebrity, celebrity chef and restauranteur Wolfgang Puck announces that he is removing foie gras and crated veal from his menus.