Please tell your two U.S. Senators to support the Leahy-Fitzgerald
amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. You can reach both
of your U.S. Senators through the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) will
introduce an amendment to Senate Bill 1191, the 2002 Agriculture
Appropriations Bill, to bar the USDA from spending our tax dollars to
purchase eggs from producers that use forced molting for the School
Lunch Program. Talking points:
Forced molting is the practice of starving hens for 3 to 21 days to
shock them into a new egg-laying cycle. Factory farmers routinely
starve hens up to 21 days straight. This starvation is so stressful
to the hens that their death rate doubles each week of the molt. In
addition, many hens choke to death when their food is restored.
Forced molting is a primary cause of Salmonella enteritidis in eggs.
Why? Because being starved disrupts the hens' immune systems, making
them prey to Salmonella bacteria.
- Forced Molting is Inhumane
- Forced Molting is a Threat to Human Health
- Major Fast Food Companies--McDonald's and Burger King--have stopped
buying eggs from farms that use forced molting.
If you need assistance identifying your U.S. Senators, or to get
their fax number, please call United Poultry Concerns at
757-678-7875, or The Humane Society of the US at 202-955-3666. Thank
You for Acting Now! United Poultry Concerns.
Thank you. United Poultry Concerns. July 20, 2001
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(Action Alert - Senate Ag Bill: School Lunch and Forced Molting)