Letter: State Senate failed to improve conditions at commercial egg farms

Letter: State Senate failed to improve conditions at commercial egg farms

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The Rhode Island State Senate, shamefully, has once again passed up a chance to bring about meaningful welfare reform for egg-laying hens in our state.

The bill, H. 6023, overwhelmingly passed by the House, would have improved conditions for hens by establishing very modest space standards. Currently, tens of thousands of hens in our state are forced to live their entire lives in crowded cages which provide each hen the space about the size of an iPad.

There is only one commercial farm in the state that subjects its hens to these deplorable conditions, and it has found an ally in Sen. Susan Sosnowski.

It’s suspect that someone who is a farmer herself so ardently opposes legislation that would provide such modest improvements. There’s a reason so many family farmers in the state have voiced support for this bill — they care about their animals. Clearly, Sen. Sosnowski is out of touch with what these farmers, and the rest of the state, want. It’s an embarrassment to think that our own state bird, the Rhode Island Red, is being subjected to such cruelty! We must do better.

Diane Christensen Richmond


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