Right now, thousands of hens are suffering inside Rhode Island battery-egg farms. They are confined so tightly that they can’t even stretch their wings. They are forced to stand day and night on sloping wire mesh floors that painfully cut into their feet, and many suffer from painful blood blisters that never heal — but a new bill could stop this!
In 2012, Rhode Island lawmakers passed legislation to protect veal calves and pregnant sows from extreme confinement. Now, H.6023 has been introduced to extend that protection to egg-laying hens in battery farms. We must act now to help thousands of hens. Their well-being depends on us.
Representative Patricia Serpa of Rhode Island states that this is also a matter of protecting public health. "Battery cages are unclean, unhealthy, and don't allow the hens room," Serpa said. "They defecate on each other and literally peck one another to death. It's unsanitary."
On June 16th, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed this bill with a landslide vote of 61-9, and it is now on its way to the State Senate — so let's keep it moving forward! Please make a call, then send an email to your state senator.
1. Call your state senator between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm ET. Find the telephone number of your state senator by clicking on this link, entering your zip code, and selecting the Rhode Island tab.
You can say, "As your constituent, I urge you to support H.6023, which has the power to end the cruel confinement of egg laying hens in Rhode Island, and improve public health."
2. Voting with your dollars is one of the most powerful ways to support the growth of cruelty-free and sustainable industries. Explore some great egg replacer ideas in our free guide.
Remember, hens in cage-free egg farms spend most of their lives in crowded sheds and often have their beaks sliced off without pain relief. They are killed at just 18 months old, and male chicks are gassed to death or ground up alive at hatcheries just a few days after they're born. These hatcheries are also where most "backyard" hens originate from too. We would never treat dogs or cats this way. The truly humane choice is to cut back and eventually cut out all animal products.
3. After your call, please send our letter below.
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Please Support H.6023 to end the cruel confinement of caged battery-egg hens
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