Egg bill sponsor Schrader working on gathering support

Published on: Apr 17, 2013

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.), who introduced a bill in early 2012 establishing federal standards for the welfare of egg-laying hens, said he is again working with colleagues in hopes of advancing legislation this year.

Schrader introduced the bill which was part of a joint agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) designed to avoid the piecemeal state regulations and laws regarding animal housing restrictions for egg production.

Schrader said he's trying to reenlist cosponsors and working with counterparts on the Senate side to do the same.

The egg bill triggered deep reservations from many other livestock groups who feared the deal would set up national welfare regulations that would not be in the best interest of their industries.

"I respect that other industries are worried," Schrader told Feedstuffs in an exclusive interview. "But the egg industry asked for this."

Schrader added that hopefully some of the issues that at first appeared to be controversial would lose the sensationalism and nervousness and people would understand the egg bill "makes sense," he said.  

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  1. pig vet says:

    Recently attend a legislative day in DC visitng 7 of my congressional representatives. All 7 said they would not support an "egg bill" if it was part of the farm bill. They had absolutely no interest in controlling farm practices with federal legislation. Especially if HSUS was ivolved. None of the 7 expressed any support for HSUS's concerns in livestock production. Our lobbying and truthfull information about the real HSUS intentions has paid off.