Maryland: Take a Stand Against Cruel Confinement of Hens

Brown Chickens in battery cages
MD S.B. 690—Bans Cruel Confinement of Laying Hens
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsor: Senator Lewis Young

Your support is needed to advance a state bill that would free millions of egg-laying hens from extreme confinement and ensure that Maryland residents can easily access more humanely produced eggs. If passed, this bill would require eggs produced or sold in Maryland to come from hens raised in cage-free systems with enough room to spread their wings, explore and carry out natural behaviors like perching and nesting.

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Many egg-laying hens in industrial factory farms are confined in small, wire “battery cages” where they spend their days suffering. As many as 10 hens may be crowded together in one battery cage, leaving each bird with about as much space as a single sheet of paper.

In these systems, battery cages are stacked on top of each other in rows as far as the eye can see—sometimes as long as football fields! Birds languish every day in the waste falling from hens in the cages above them.

There’s a solution. The Maryland General Assembly has the power to ban inhumane battery cages, aligning Maryland with 14 other states that have already banned cruel farm animal confinement in some form.

If passed, S.B. 690 would require that all eggs produced and sold in Maryland to be from cage-free systems by 2025.

What You Can Do 

Hens are sentient beings, and they need your voice today! Please use the form below to send a pre-drafted email to your state lawmakers, urging them to support S.B. 690. Ending the production and sale of eggs from laying hens subjected to lifelong cruelty is a critical step toward building a kinder, more humane food system.