NCBA Calls Egg Bill Ill Conceived and Dangerous for Animal AgricultureThu, 26 Jan 2012 06:44:28 CST
In July 2011, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the United Egg Producers (UEP) reached an unprecedented agreement to seek federal legislation mandating egg production practices. NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts says legislation introduced by Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) to implement the HSUS-UEP agreement could set a dangerous precedent to allow the federal government to mandate on-farm production practices.
As the legislation was dropped into the hopper, NCBA released a statement at the start of this week by their President Bill Donald who believes this could be very bad for the cattle industry. "This legislation, while currently only affecting egg producers, could set a dangerous precedent to allow government bureaucrats in Washington to mandate how farmers and ranchers across the nation raise and care for their animals. This ill-conceived legislation could set the model for a one-size-fits-all approach to cattle production. Unfortunately, one-size-fits all doesn't work with cattle producers, who are in diverse settings in all 50 states. This legislation won't improve animal health or care and will result in further costly and burdensome regulations being placed on America's food producers."
Kristina Butts is our guest on today's Beef Buzz- she talks to us about the measure and NCBA's opposition to it. Perhaps the best news she mentions is that the measure will be assigned to the House Ag Committee, which makes it very unlikely that it will ever see the light of day with Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas as Chairman of the Committee.
Besides comments from Kristina, we also include some of the comments released in a statement from American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman- AFBF is very concerned about this legislation as well- click here for details of AFBF's early thoughts on this proposal.
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