The recent salmonella outbreak sickened more than 2,000 people and resulted in a recall of more than a half-billion eggs. It's time to address the root of the problem--caged hens on factory farms.
Caged hens are crammed into tight battery cages where they don't even have enough room to stretch their wings. These chickens never see the light of day, and the close quarters makes it easy to spread bacteria like salmonella. In fact, according to the Humane Society, nine studies published in the last five years show that caged hens have a higher prevalence of salmonella than cage-free or pastured hens.
It's time to start taking chickens' and consumers' health seriously. Tell the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban battery cages on farms.
- Deputy Commissioner/FDA
- Press Officer/FDA
- Deputy Secretary of Agriculture/USDA
- Secretary of Agriculture/USDA
The recent salmonella outbreak illustrates the need for stronger safety regulations for eggs. While the FDA's new guidelines may reduce the incidence of salmonella, they fail to address one of the major causes of salmonella contamination--caged hens.
Keeping chickens indoors and crammed inside tiny cages is not only cruel, it's unsanitary. Studies show that caged hens have a higher prevalence of salmonella than cage-free or pastured hens. Yet despite these facts, 95 percent of America's eggs come from factory farms where hens are kept in battery cages.
It's time to take chickens' and consumers' health seriously. Please put regulations in place that would ban egg producers from keeping hens in battery cages.
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