Spring 2001 Poultry Press Humane News
Attn: Washington State Voters
Support Bills To Protect Hens in
Washington State
Two bills need your strong and immediate support.

Washington State Senate bill 5730 would ban the forced molting of hens by food and water deprivation: Specifically, no egg handler could deprive any bird used for egg-laying purposes of clean water or nutritious food or otherwise cause an induced or forced molt that results in harm to the hen.
Contact:
The Honorable (your State Senator’s name)
Legislative Building
PO Box 40482
Olympia, WA 98504-0482

Washington State House Bill 1726 would ban battery cages for egg-laying hens, the debeaking of hens, and the forced molting of hens to manipulate egg production. Debeaking is a cruel and painful mutilation of hens’ sensitive beaks; forced molting by food and water deprivation is so cruel and inhumane it impairs hens’ immune systems, predisposing them and their eggs to Salmonella infection; and battery cages deprive hens of normal movement and living space and of all natural activities including foraging, dustbathing, sunbathing, and perching.
Contact:
The Honorable (your State House Representative’s name)
Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

For more information contact Jennifer Hillman of PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046) at 425-787-2500, Ext. 259; or email JenniferH@paws.org.

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