By: Rick Berman
Newspaper: Ashbury Park Press

In reference to the Aug. 3 letter, “Don’t let lobbyists scramble the egg bill,” the goal behind the so-called Egg Products Inspection Act isn’t to improve the welfare of hens as much as it is to allow animal rights groups that want to eliminate eggs from your food choices to get their foot in the door.

The Humane Society of the United States (unaffiliated with local humane societies) wants to “get rid of the entire industry,” to quote a vice president who spoke at an animal rights conference. It successfully attacked egg farmers in California and is now holding them hostage in Congress.

The bill is designed to drive up prices for consumers; in Europe, where similar legislation took hold in January, egg prices have skyrocketed by as much as 60 percent in some countries.

Decisions about farm animal welfare are best made by farmers, veterinarians and consumers. The Humane Society of the U.S., which like PETA wants to get rid of eggs, isn’t a stakeholder and shouldn’t be given a seat at the table.