Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) have introduced the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013.” This legislation, known as the “egg bill,” would codify the 2011 agreement between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the United Egg Producers (UEP).
The U.S. egg industry would transition from conventional cage housing for layers to enriched colony cage housing by the end of 2029.
A number of agricultural groups oppose the bill because of concerns that this congressional mandate would establish precedent to impose housing standards on other sectors. Those opposed include the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council. This legislation was also introduced in the last Congress.
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