Recently, federal legislation to reform the egg industry and ban barren battery cages, S. 3239, was introduced in the U.S. Senate with a bipartisan group of original cosponsors. This bill (identical to H.R. 3798 introduced earlier in the House) will lead to major improvements in the treatment of 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production, essentially doubling the amount of space per bird, banning inhumane practices such as forced starvation molting, and requiring on-carton labeling so consumers know how hens are raised.
Dear Ms. Shulze:
Thank you for your letter expressing your support of H.R. 3798, The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012. I share your concern for the welfare of animals and believe that it is necessary to protect them from unnecessary harm and cruelty.
Animal welfare is personally important to me. In past Congresses, I cosponsored several bills to protect companion animals: S. 714, the Pet Safety and Protection Act; S. 1880, which would make dog-fighting a federal crime; and S. 2439, which would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track animal-cruelty crimes nationwide. I also strongly supported S.1076, The Truth in Fur Labeling Act; S. 3841, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act; and S. 850, which increases protection for sharks from the cruel practice of cutting their fins off and tossing the mutilated animals back into the ocean to die. I am happy to report that all three bills are now law.
In addition to protecting pets, I am also committed to promoting the safety and well-being of farm animals. I have cosponsored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would make it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption. Working with the Humane Society of The United States, I have pushed for increased funding to enforce laws which protect farm animals, including the Animal Welfare Act and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Although I am proud of the accomplishments made on behalf of animal welfare so far, I am aware that there are still many animal welfare issues remaining to be addressed. Rest assured that I remain strongly committed to protecting animal welfare.
As you know, H.R. 3798 has not yet been referred to the Senate for consideration but I will closely monitor this legislation as it makes its way through the Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance on this or any other matter.
Sincerely,Charles E. SchumerUnited States Senator
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