State legislators in Iowa and Missouri have filed parallel resolutions calling on the U.S. Congress to reject the so-called “egg bill.
That’s the bill that would set federal standards for the size of cages for egg-laying hens.
The Iowa resolution, HR 138, was introduced by state representative and House Majority Whip Erik Helland of Johnston. The Missouri version was brought forward by state representative Jay Houghton of Martinsburg.
Both Helland and Houghton are critical of the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) efforts to pass the egg bill. Houghton says the bill would “open the door for the federal government and radical animal rights groups to interfere with our farmers and ranchers who are just trying to make a living and grow America’s food supply.”
Helland and Houghton are both part of a new coalition called Protect the Harvest. The organization describes itself as “a coalition of farmers, ranchers and hunters dedicated to educating Americans about the growing threat posed by the radical animal rights fringe.”