Rhode Island Residents: Hens in Rhode Island Still Need Your Help

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Update
Great news! Rhode Island has passed H. 7456 to ban battery cages for egg-laying hens, becoming the seventh state to limit the use of this cruel confinement practice! Hens in battery cages spend their lives essentially immobilized and endure constant suffering. Thanks to Representative Patricia Serpa and all who fought for the passage of this bill, hens in Rhode Island will finally get the chance to stretch their wings and engage in other natural behaviors that are critical to their welfare. This is a huge step in the right direction for farm animal welfare!
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Dear Humanitarian,

Previously, we contacted you and asked that you urge your state legislators to vote for H. 7456, a bill to eliminate extreme confinement of egg-laying hens in Rhode Island, giving them the chance to stretch their wings and engage in natural behaviors.

Great news! The bill has passed both chambers of the Rhode Island Legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Please contact Governor Raimondo and ask her to sign H. 7456 into law.

The background: Under current Rhode Island law, it is legal to confine hens in spaces so small they can't even spread their wings. Living in these conditions their entire lives, egg-laying hens endure unimaginable suffering. H. 7456, could change this bleak reality. It would eliminate extreme confinement of egg-laying hens, giving them the chance to stretch their wings and engage in natural behaviors.

In 2012, Rhode Island outlawed the extreme confinement of gestating pigs and veal calves. H. 7456 extends the same anti-confinement protections to egg-laying hens. Although the 2026 phase-out period is too long, the bill would still be a huge step in the right direction for farm animal protection.

What You Can Do

Please call Governor Raimondo and politely ask her to sign H. 7456 into law, 401-222-2080 .

Here is an example of what you can say:
I am a constituent, and I'm calling to ask that you please sign H. 7456 into law. This bill, which passed by an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate, would eliminate the inhumane practice of confining hens in spaces so small they can barely move. Please prevent animal cruelty in our state by signing H. 7456.

Afterward, please follow up with an email using AWI's Compassion Index.

Share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends, and co-workers in Rhode Island, and encourage them to contact the governor, too. Thank you for all you do for animals!

Sincerely,

Cathy Liss
President

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