Today's industrially produced birds have been selectively bred for enormous body mass. Many of them cannot stand or walk after a few months of life. They are not healthy animals, and they suffer chronic pain.
The top egg producers in the nation are treating animals in ways that are unconscionable. But there is an alternative. Many consumers, supermarkets, restaurants, and food service providers demand that egg producers convert to cage-free systems.
Ensign and Washington Republicans can continue to do what they've been doing all along -- ignore, ignore, ignore. But they might not be able to run out the clock on Election Day before indictments come down.