On behalf of the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, I must provide some much-needed context to allegations made against our industry in Paul Shapiro’s op-ed, “It’s high time to eliminate cage confinement of egg-laying hens” (Page 1D, June 7).
The writer takes a very specific animal abandonment case in Stanislaus County and seeks to tarnish the entire egg industry with a simplistic argument regarding molting that is not supported with any facts or information. The reality is that most reputable egg farmers have been certified by the United Egg Producers and must meet all guidelines and pass regular audits. This includes specific requirements for molting, which prohibits starving any birds, which Shapiro alleged. Read More