"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
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.