Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, a bipartisan bill to establish a national standard for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens and the labeling of eggs.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are cosponsors of the legislation. Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) introduced the bill in the House of Representatives at H.R. 1731.
"This bill is the product of an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, which represent 88 percent of the nation's egg industry," said Feinstein. "It addresses a patchwork of divergent state laws by establishing a national standard for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens."
The American Sheep Industry Association joins livestock producer and meat industry groups in opposition to the legislation sponsored by animal right activists.