Jim Chakeres, executive vice president, Ohio Poultry Association, said Ohio’s egg farmers are committed to producing safe, affordable and wholesome eggs, while maintaining the highest level of care for our hens.
“We have been aware that discussions were occurring about a national solution on how egg-laying hens are housed, but we have only just begun to review the language proposed in this national agreement. Our intention first is to review it with our members to ensure it is the right approach for Ohio’s egg farmers and to determine its potential impact on the farmers that we represent.
He added Ohio is a leader in farm animal care, as was evidenced in the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (the Board). Through the Board’s work, this summer Ohio will be the first state in the nation to establish comprehensive standards for the care of egg-laying hens.
“Additionally, Ohio has demonstrated its leadership in finding common ground with the animal rights community. Ohio’s landmark 2010 agreement between the farm community and the Humane Society of the United States allows all of us to focus on our shared commitment to ensuring excellent care of Ohio’s farm animals. That commitment remains firm even as discussion of a national agreement continues.
See what’s in the HSUS/United Egg Producers’ animal care proposal