For one, the Egg Products Inspection Act will legalize the imprisonment of egg-laying hens in cages and will prohibit state efforts to ban them, effectively keeping chickens caged for the foreseeable future. The bill will also increase cage sizes by about 57 square inches (in some eighteen years), but it will not eliminate them. Hens will continue to be treated as slaves—held against their will, tortured, and mercilessly killed for food. According to the Humane Farming Association, the bill contains no criminal penalties and, should it pass, the meaningless term "enriched cages" will begin appearing on egg cartons.
It comes as no surprise that the ringleader of this rotten legislation is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which continuously flaunts its promotion of "humane" meat and dairy. In fact, I was contacted by a representative of HSUS who urged me to obtain my senators' support for this legislation because, in her exact words, "This legislation seeks to provide a stable future for egg farmers and improve the treatment of laying hens."
Reforming factory farm conditions and attaching an inconsequential label to egg cartons is not going to end egg consumption or animal cruelty. Those organizations supporting this legislation are, instead, undermining the cause by condoning variations of animal slavery and, in effect, simply making people feel less guilty about their continued consumption of animals and animal products.
Moreover, those sensitive to the plight of animals are looking to groups like HSUS, MFA and Farm Sanctuary for direction, and are being misled into thinking that it's acceptable and compassionate to eat eggs, dairy and flesh as long as they are from animals who were treated "humanely." This is blatantly wrong and perpetuates the consumption of animals because now it has been sanctioned by a few prominent groups who have lost their way. In the end, this does nothing to promote the vegan agenda and halt animal exploitation.
When it comes to human nature, most people just want excuses to justify their bad behaviors like eating animals and their secretions. They don't want to change. Sadly, the aforementioned organizations give these people exactly what they want and give the animals precisely what they don't. And this is all the more disappointing.
For more information, visit StoptheRottenEggBill.org. Watch the short video here.