Urge Congress to Help Laying Hens
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Urge Congress to Help Laying Hens

    1. Sponsored by

      The Humane Society of The United States

Urge Congress to help laying hens and support HR 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendment.

The bill will require egg producers to essentially double the space allotted per hen and make other important animal welfare improvements during a tiered phase-in period.

The legislation is supported by The Humane Society of the United States, United Egg Producers, American Veterinary Medical Association, ASPCA, Consumer Federation of America, National Consumers League, Farm Sanctuary, state poultry and egg associations, and hundreds of family farmers.

H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, would: 

-Require conventional cages to be replaced during an ample phase-in period with new, enriched colony housing systems that provide each egg-laying hen nearly double the amount of current space; 

-Require that, after a phase-in period, all egg-laying hens be provided with environmental enrichments, such as perches, nesting boxes and scratching areas, that will allow hens to express natural behaviors;

-Require labeling on all egg cartons nationwide to inform consumers of the method used to produce the eggs—“eggs from caged hens,” “eggs from hens in enriched cages,” “eggs from cage-free hens” and “eggs from free-range hens”;

-Prohibit feed- or water-withdrawal molting to extend the laying cycle, a practice already prohibited by the United Egg Producers Certified program;

-Require standards approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association for euthanasia of egg-laying hens;

-Prohibit excessive ammonia levels in henhouses; 

-Prohibit the transport and sale of eggs and egg products nationwide that don’t meet these requirements.

You can find more information about this bill here.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Danielle Muschamp HAVERTOWN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      The way that hens are treated is very unethical and this would help.

    • Hiu Ching Ko HK, HONG KONG
      • over 2 years ago

      They unwillingly sacrifice their eggs for us, and we human treat them like scum... those poor birds deserve a cleaner and more comfortable life.

      The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?"

      - Jeremy Bentham

    • Victor Carr, Jr NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I support cruelty-free conditons for farm animals. I support buying products from these better-treated, healthier farm animals.

    • Erin Sintros HARVARD, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think it is horrifying the way animals that we eat are treated. Not enough people make the connection between the health of these animals and the human health of the people who eat them.

    • Jaci Cazares SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I've seen online how farm animals are mistreated and it really breaks my heart. They are creatures made of flesh and bone, they have feelings- both physical and emotional. Americans rely on these animals for food; and since they rely on them so much, why not treat them with more respect?


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