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The United Egg Producers and The Humane Society of the United States are continuing their call for the U.S. Senate to pass an amendment to the Farm Bill that would require egg producers to essentially double the living space allotted per laying hen and make other animal welfare improvements during a tiered phase-in period that would allow farmers time to make the investments in better housing, with the assurance that all would face the same requirements by the end of the phase-in period.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has filed the amendment, No. 2252, with a bipartisan list of cosponsors. Her proposal is identical to S. 3239 and its House companion, H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012. "The Farm Bill is a perfect opportunity to enact a national standard which is important to the egg industry, improve the lives of animals and protect family farmers and agricultural jobs,” said Gene Gregory, president of the United Egg Producers.
The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 would:
The proposal would require egg producers to incrementally increase the amount of space hens are given over the next 15 to 18 years.
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