UEP Does Not Extend MOU with HSUS
After teaming with the Humane Society of the United States in an effort to pass federal legislation mandating enriched colony housing systems for U.S. egg producing hens - United Egg Producers has agreed not to extend its memorandum of understanding with the group. UEP is severing its ties with HSUS and ending its efforts to pass new laws regarding housing for hens. Now that the farm bill debate is concluded and the Egg Products Inspection Amendments were not included - UEP Chief Executive Chad Gregory says his group is focused on exploring a range of options with the objective of delivering much-needed business certainty to America's egg farmers. Still - he says UEP is dedicated to partnering with members, allies and other stakeholders in hope of achieving a workable solution of transitioning the industry towards enriched colony housing in a manner and timeframe that best suits the group's egg farmer members. According to Gregory - enriched colony housing represents the future of the industry and UEP is encouraged to see these contemporary houses being constructed throughout the U.S.
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