Unexpected and Unprecedented Agreement
Could it really be true, an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the nation’s egg industry? As of last week these two entities have had a meeting of the minds in regards to improving the environment of egg laying hens through enriched cage systems. Up until this time the HSUS showed no interest in any type of compromise and had been vehemently calling for cage free egg production. But now, the HSUS has shifted gear by agreeing to a national federal standard which would call for increasing the size of cages from sixty-seven inches to one hundred twenty-four inches for all egg laying hens in the U.S.over the next fifteen to eighteen years. President of the HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, stated, “this unprecedented agreement pushing for a national standard means the HSUS will cease litigation and planned ballot measures in Washington and Oregon. He also said this would mean an end to the HSUS’s undercover videos. It’s apparent the writing was on the wall for the HSUS; Americans, while supporting animal welfare, also support animal agriculture, and have no intentions of becoming a nation of strictly vegans.