The American Sheep Industry Association joins livestock producer and meat industry groups in opposition of the inclusion of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013 in this year's Farm Bill. This measure writes into federal law an agreement between animal rights activists and egg producers that requires the cages used for laying hens to nearly double in size.
In a letter to Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Thad Cochran, chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the signators said the inclusion of the egg mandate in the Farm Bill is extremely troublesome to America's livestock and poultry producers.
"If egg producers want to agree with animal rights advocates on standards for hen housing, there is currently no law that prohibits them for entering into such agreement. However, codifying such an agreement in law sets a dangerous precedent for allowing the federal government to dictate everything that happens on farms," the letter stated.
According to a report from Brownfield Ag News, Stabenow has apparently backed off on plans to incorporate the egg bill into the Senate markup. There is still the possibility that an amendment could be offered on the floor of the Senate to insert the agreement.