UEP Terminates HSUS Animal Welfare Agreement

The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States have announced the groups’ original 2011 agreement “to jointly petition the federal government for federal legislation for the purpose of transitioning the industry from primarily a conventional cage egg production business to enriched colony cage housing over a period of years” will not be extended. 


The agreement specified federal legislation to mandate a phased-in move to enriched cage housing for all commercial layers in the U.S. The estimated industry cost of this action over the next 15 to 17 years was approximately $4 billion. HSUS, in turn, had agreed to cease all state ballot initiatives and undercover investigations related to the egg industry, and to publicly recognize the welfare acceptability of the enriched cage system. The two groups attempted to pass legislation in both the Senate and House during the 112th and 113th Congress without success.


AFBF opposes any laws mandating specific farming practices in livestock production but does support the rights of individual commodity groups to develop voluntary national production standards.