Egg Industry, Humane Society Propose Cage Laws

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Humane Society and a national egg farmer cooperative say they will jointly propose federal legislation that would phase out the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens and establish other treatment standards.

The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States announced their agreement Thursday.

The proposed bill would phase-out battery cages and gradually require cages that would give many hens more space and allow hens to express natural behaviors. It would also require companies to indicate on carton labels how the hens that produced their eggs were treated.

Industry officials say a national standard would be better than a "patchwork of state laws and regulations."

The Humane Society says the bill would improve the lives of hundreds of millions of hens.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 125160689 -
Gray Television, Inc.