Food Fight - Some Humanity for the Chicken Industry?

If you ever want to enjoy eating chicken or eggs again - then you probably shouldn't look at how those chickens or eggs are produced. They usually come from conditions like these: Factory farms where they're crammed - two to three chickens to a cage. Cages that aren't even big enough for the chicken to fully turn around. Cages that are constantly rubbing against the chickens - causing feather loss and huge open wounds. Cages where chickens are forced to lay in their own excrement - contract diseases - then are slaughtered and end up on your dining room table. It's all pretty disgusting stuff. But now - Senators on Capitol Hill are debating ways to clean it up - or at least inject a little humanity into the chicken and egg industry. The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society have found rare common agreement on new legislation that would require farmers to use larger cages for the egg-laying hens - cages that allow the hens to at least fully turn around. The new law would apply to all egg producers around the nation - and would be implemented over the next 18 years - a more than reasonable time frame. But - there are some on Capitol Hill who are unhappy with the law. One - is a lobbying organization known as the Egg Farmers of America, a shadowy interest group that no one seems to know much about.

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amplefire 2 years 8 weeks ago

Thom,

As a vegan, I want to know how far you think we should go to protect animals? I know you're a vegetarian or vegan yourself. Radical as it may sound, shouldn't we be thinking more as a society about making it illegal to murder another sentient being? Shouldn't it be illegal to kill and eat animals? Why tip toe around this topic about supporting small farms, etc as if they don't also cause harm to animals? And why no mention about factory farming (whether corporate or ma and pa) being the single greatest contributor to global warming/climate change? Banning animal farming would be the most effective way to reverse the harmful effects of climate change. So what are we waiting for? It's all or nothing and not a topic that should be politicized. Scientists know what needs to be done. So why aren't we following that advice?

Thanks for all you do Thom!

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BTF 2 years 8 weeks ago

This outrageous legislation would establish egg factory CAGES as a national standard that could never be challenged or changed by state law or public vote. Instead of outlawing cages, this crazy measure would outlaw the BANNING of cages. That is why it is being pushed by the egg industry itself! The Stop the Rotten Egg Bill (http://www.StopTheRottenEggBill.org) campaign is getting it right. Check it out. This bill would stop cage-free laws dead in their tracks and take away our voting rights!