UEP backs off effort to pass Egg Bill

Published on: Feb 14, 2014
United Egg Producers (UEP) president Chad Gregory announced February 14 that UEP no longer will seek passage of the national hen housing and welfare legislation known as the Egg Bill.

In a statement to UEP members, Gregory said: "Members should feel proud of the tremendous efforts over the past two years with our endeavors to pass the Egg Bill. With the farm bill now concluded, UEP can confirm that it has ceased efforts to pass the Egg Bill. UEP is now focused on exploring a range of options with the objective of delivering much-needed business certainty to America's egg farmers."

"Enriched colony housing represents the future of this vibrant industry and we are encouraged to see these contemporary houses being constructed throughout the United States. We remain dedicated to partnering with members, allies and other stakeholders in hope of achieving a workable solution of transitioning the industry towards enriched colony facilities in a manner and timeframe that best suits our egg farmer members."

Gregory also said UEP and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have agreed not to extend their memorandum of understanding (MOU) or any formal connection that existed up until now. The end of the MOU doesn't mean that UEP and HSUS will quit talking, Gregory said. He said that UEP will continue to work with all stakeholders, including HSUS, to find common ground.

Gregory noted that production of eggs for the California market after the implementation of Proposition 2 on January 1, 2015, continues to be a concern. He said the uncertainty over the outcome of the Missouri attorney general's lawsuit and other possible litigation leaves egg producers guessing as to what type of housing and housing density will be acceptable to the marketplace and the courts.

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  1. Laurella Desborough says:

    I think the average citizen is more of a stakeholder than the HSUS. When the HSUS has committed to ending animal agriculture, I would think the HSUS is the opposite of a stakeholder. Let's have some reality here...stakeholder has a specific meaning and it surely doesn't include the HSUS in this case.

  2. M Covault says:

    H$U$ is NOT a stakeholder. They are an animal rights-led organization dedicated to eliminating animal use (insofar as society will let them).

    • Jodie York says:

      ha ha ha, yeah right. they are far from being animal rights oriented or eliminating their use. i wish.

  3. DM Pendragon says:

    Someone please tell me how H$U$ can be a stake holder for anything? They don't have any chickens, they don't breed hogs, cattle, dogs, cats, horses so how does that work. Know nothings (H$U$) contribute their vast knowledge of animal husbandry??? Is UEP CRAZY. DMH