California Senator Diane Feinstein has introduced the controversial “egg bill” in the U.S. Senate.
The bill, which was previously introduced in the House, would establish a national standard for hen housing. It would transition U.S. egg production away from conventional cages to enriched colony cages by the end of 2029.
The legislation stems from an agreement between United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States. Most major livestock organizations strongly oppose the legislation. They say it could open the door to federal restrictions on other farm animal industries.
Meanwhile, another coalition of animal rights organizations is criticizing the egg bill for not going far enough.
The groups, which include the Humane Farming Association and Friends of Animals, want all cages outlawed. They have labeled the legislation “the Rotten Egg Bill”.