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Bridget Johnson

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April 25, 2013 - 5:34 pm

With her latest stab at renewing the assault weapons ban a no-go, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is going back to the drawing board — or, back to the farm.

Her latest legislative effort focuses not on Sig Sauers, but on chickens.

Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, a bipartisan bill to establish a national standard for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens and the labeling of eggs.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are cosponsors of the legislation. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) introduced a companion bill today in the House.

“This bill is the product of an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, which represent 88 percent of the nation’s egg industry,” said Feinstein. “It addresses a patchwork of divergent state laws by establishing a national standard for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens.”

The legislation will:

  • Outlaw the practice of starving chickens to increase egg-production;
  • Require conventional battery cages to be replaced with new housing systems that nearly doubles the space for each egg-laying hen;
  • Require that, after a phase-in period, all egg-laying hens be provided with “environmental enrichments” such as nesting boxes and scratching areas;
  • Require labeling on all egg cartons to inform consumers of the method used to produce the eggs, including “eggs from caged hens,” “eggs from hens in enriched cages,” “eggs from cage-free hens” and “eggs from free-range hens;” and,
  • Prohibit the transport and sale of eggs that do not meet these requirements.

“This legislation is entirely consistent with California’s Proposition 2, which California voters overwhelmingly passed in 2008,” Feinstein added. “Prop 2 requires egg producers to increase cage size by 2015 so birds can stand up and extend their wings. This legislation maintains that requirement and deadline for California egg farmers; other states must comply with that standard by 2029.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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While some of these things may be "good", we do not need the government telling us how to take care of chickens! This is feel-good legislation, and will certainly serve to raise the price of eggs for all of us. Feinstein is past-due for retirement at the voting booth.
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This will not make eggs any safer or better-tasting. All this will do is INCREASE the cost of eggs at the grocery store. Thanks a lot, Feinstein. When will these troglodytes in DC realize that they do NOT have to stick there noses into EVERY SINGLE FACET of American life?
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*their. Sorry
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A slap at big, industrialized egg producers. You know, the sort of business that actually feeds America with food, not with bluster.
If the only eggs legal in America were from free-range, the cost would triple. But you'd be able to put some unemployed people to work collecting eggs. Just the sort of job a new college graduate wants.
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What people don't seem to realize is that when these clowns enact ANY law, they've just signed a death warrant on someone. Look at it this way:
- They pass this law
- Chicken owner refuses to comply
- Police come to enforce the law
- Chicken owner resists compliance & police
- Police forcibly act to detain chicken owner (probably on his own property)
- Chicken owner is killed in the process, all because a politician thought it was a good idea,
Why do we keep these buffoons in office?
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How about if we pass a constitutional amendment that stipulates that every time a member of either house of Congress proposes a stupid, counter productive piece of crap legislation like this they get locked in a "tiger cage" like the North Vietnamese used ( no room to stand up straight, no room to lie down fully, and barely enough room to turn around) for the remainder of their elected term.
We could call it the Anti Stupid Sh*t and Honesty in legislation And Thought amendment. (ever after known as the ASSHAT amendment) in honor of the fools that propose stupid sh*t laws like this! Go ahead and legislate to your hearts' content Democrats.
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from the state that outlawed foie gras and where it is illegal for a hotel to not use fitted sheets
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Is this a joke?
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In other words, Dumbass realizes that the California voters have killed their state's poultry industry, so she's trying to make the stupid widespread to protect them. What a waste of oxygen.
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