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Humane Society and Egg Producers Agree to Play Nice

From Bret Thorn, NRN: The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States signed an agreement Thursday that ends years of conflict and paves the way for changes in how egg-laying hens are housed, but also will likely result in higher egg prices.

The animal rights group and the egg farmers cooperative signed a memorandum of understanding to work to enact federal regulations stipulating the treatment of egg-laying hens and mandatory labeling laws.

The HSUS has long had an adversarial relationship both with agricultural boards and restaurant chains. In recent years, it has purchased shares in dozens of foodservice companies with the stated goal of changing those companies' purchasing practices to buy food produced in what the HSUS considers more humane conditions.

Recent targets have included Steak 'n Shake, Jack in the Box and Bob Evans.

Patrick Lenow, executive director of corporate communications at DineEquity, parent company of Applebee's and IHOP, said he sees the accord as a positive move. Read more...

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