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19 May 2013
The Screaming Hen Bill and
the Curse of “Enriched” Cages


This form of hen torture is threatening to gain in popularity all over the world, providing a cast-iron guarantee of further decades of suffering for billions of hens
– Clare Druce, Letter to activists from the UK, May 18, 2013

Many animal activists are unsure whether to support or oppose the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments legislation that is currently before Congress. If passed into law, the proposed legislation will legalize keeping egg-laying hens in cages in the U.S.

S. 820 and H.R. 1731 confirm an agreement between the U.S. egg industry and a segment of the animal community that was struck in 2011, put before Congress in 2012, and reintroduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2013.

We invite people to visit our new Screaming Hen Bill webpage for the articles, alerts and videos we have brought together to help people understand why we and many other animal advocacy organizations and sanctuaries in the United States and Europe, who care deeply about chickens, oppose legislation that incorporates battery cages, however “enriched” with cluttered furnishings, into federal law.

The consequences of legalized cages in the European Union have already been disastrous for millions of hens and sickening to those who have visited “enriched” cage facilities in England and Ireland and have seen for themselves these dismal prison dungeons for hens.

Importing this legalized animal cruelty to the United States in the form of a federal law that could not be improved by individual states or voters is wrong and should not be supported.

The legislation now before Congress (S. 820 and H.R. 1731) does not seek to ban battery cages. It seeks to legalize “enriched” battery cages for egg-laying hens and to facilitate egg production for the egg industry.

What Can I Do?

Please visit our Screaming Hen Bill webpage and review the information including the Egg Products Inspection Act of 2013 in its current form.

If you agree that cages, however “enriched,” should not become federal law in the United States, please contact your Senators and House Representative and urge them to oppose the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, and briefly and clearly explain your reason.


The Honorable _____________

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator _____________

The Honorable _____________

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative _____________

To learn who your members of Congress are, call the Capital Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
Or visit www.senate.gov or www.house.gov.

Thank you for taking action. www.upc-online.org/scream

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