California Assemblyman Ted Lempert has introduced the first bill
in the United States that would make it "Unlawful to
intentionally deprive any bird used for egg-laying purposes of
water or food or both on a daily basis or otherwise cause an
induced or forced molt that results in harm to the bird."
Forced molting, which is outlawed in the United
Kingdom on welfare grounds, is the standard method used by the US
egg industry to manipulate egg production and cut costs by
depriving hens of all food for an average of 10 straight days.
Many US companies deprive their hens of food for 14 full days.
Forced molting is so stressful it increases bone breakage and
impairs the hens' immune system, predisposing the birds and their
eggs to Salmonella infection. Many hens die during and after the
molt, including choking to death when food is returned to them,
due to crop impaction. An article in Applied Animal Behaviour
Science, 1990, Vol 25:97-105, states that during the molt, "most
parts of their [the hens'] skin are bare with no feathers."
Picture the hens in their wire cages (typically 8 to 9 hens per
cage with 48 to 64 square inches of living space per hen).
Imagine these hens deprived of all food. Imagine the seconds of
each day ticking by. . . .
California residents: Please urge your Assembly Member
immediately to co-sponsor and support AB 2141, the bill to ban
forced molting in CA. Assembly Members can be reached by writing
to them at the State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.
- All people throughout the US and the world: Please contact
Assemblyman Ted Lempert and thank him for introducing this
groundbreaking bill that, if passed into law, will improve the
wellbeing of millions of hens in California and set a precedent
for other states to follow. Tell him you support this bill. Mr.
Lempert can be reached as follows:
The Honorable Ted LempertPlease send written statements of support, for the record and for
Mr. Lempert's further use. For updates call Mr. Lempert's office
at 916-319-2021. Web Page: www.assembly.ca.gov/lempert. Or you
may call Teri Barnato, Association of Veterinarians for Animal
Rights at 530-759-8106. Or you may call Karen Davis, United
Poultry Concerns at 757-678-7875 (check our website at www.upc-online.org). United Poultry Concerns and the Association of
Veterinarians for Animal Rights are proud to be organizational
sponsors of AB 2141.
State Capitol, Room 2188
Sacramento, CA 95814