Oregonians for Humane Farms is a coalition of veterinarians and animal welfare, family farming, food safety, and environmental groups working to improve the lives of egg-laying hens.
U.S. egg farmers would give hens twice as much space as they now have under an agreement with an animal welfare group on Thursday that would be written into federal law and end years of state-by-state battles.
It would be the first federal law on treatment of animals on the farm, said the groups. At the moment, no legislation has been filed in Congress to enact the agreement.
There are 280 million hens laying table eggs. Egg farms produced 91.4 billion eggs worth $6.5 billion last year.
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