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The Morally Informed Consumer: Examining Animal Welfare Claims on Egg Labels

29 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2011  

Sheila Rodriguez

Rutgers Law School

Date Written: October 31, 2011

Abstract

The labeling of shell eggs fails to reveal the inhumane conditions under which most laying hens are raised in the United States. Most of the eggs sold in major supermarkets come from factory farms. This article examines how the failure to regulate misleading animal welfare claims on egg labels creates a risk that consumers are buying products that they otherwise would not buy. This article explains why, from a moral and a legal standpoint, consumers should avoid purchasing most eggs.

Keywords: animal ethics, animal law, animal rights, animal welfare, eggs, factory farms, hens, labeling

Suggested Citation

Rodriguez, Sheila, The Morally Informed Consumer: Examining Animal Welfare Claims on Egg Labels (October 31, 2011). Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law, Vol. 30, p. 51, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1955242

Sheila Rodriguez (Contact Author)

Rutgers Law School ( email )

NJ
United States

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