May 1, 2000

CONTACTS: Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns 757-678-7875
Assemblyman Ted Lempert 916-319-2021

SACRAMENTO- California Assembly Agriculture Committee To Hold Hearing On AB 2141 Targeting Cruel Treatment of Hens, Contaminated Eggs
Landmark Bill Would Ban the Forced Molting--Starvation--of Birds

    Date: Wednesday, May 3
    Time: 1:30 P.M.
    Place: State Capitol, Room 126

The California Assembly Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 3, on legislation introduced by Assembly Member Ted Lempert (D/Palo Alto) that would ban the inhumane practice of starving hens known as forced molting. Forced molting is a primary cause of Salmonella enteritidis in hens, eggs, and consumers of eggs. This landmark bill was featured in a front-page article in The Washington Post on Sunday, April 30, "Cracks in the Egg Industry: Criticism Mounts to End Forced Molting Practice" by Marc Kaufman.

"To me, this is a very significant public health issue," Assemblyman Lempert told The Washington Post. "I was first shocked by the practice because of the horrible cruelty, but the health issues really demand attention."

Speakers will include:

  • Linda Blair, Golden Globe-winning actress and lifelong human and animal rights activist

  • Ian J.H. Duncan, PhD, Professor of Poultry Ethology, University of Guelph

  • Elisa Odabashian, Senior Policy Analyst, Consumers Union

  • Karen Davis, PhD, President, United Poultry Concerns

  • Paula Kislak, DVM, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights Rich McLellan, MD

  • Laurie Siperstein-Cook, DVM, Avian Specialist
For more information about forced molting, please visit the United Poultry Concerns website:

United Poultry Concerns. May 1, 2000

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070

(California Assembly Ag Committee Forced Molting Hearing)