May 28, 2012 - Senators in the US Senate have proposed setting a uniform national standard for the treatment of egg-laying hens that would reduce different state standards.
According to an article on The Hill, Senator Dianne Feinstein has said that six states have their own standards, with 18 others planning to do so soon, which could severely limit interstate egg transportation.
The proposed bill, S. 3239, would codify an agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society on how egg-laying hends should be treated.
"The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States worked for over a year to reach this compromise, and I believe it is one that strikes a very fair balance," she said. "Producers must enlarge cages for egg-laying hens and allow space for the birds to engage in natural behaviors such as nesting and perching."
For more information, please see the complete article found on The Hill website.