Stop Horrific Conditions for Chickens at Cal-Maine Egg Production Facility
  • Petitioned Texas Commissioners of Public Health, Agriculture, and Animal Health

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Texas Commissioners of Public Health, Agriculture, and Animal Health

Stop Horrific Conditions for Chickens at Cal-Maine Egg Production Facility

    1. Petition by

      Animal Legal Defense Fund

Some Texas egg producers have created breeding grounds for human health risks and state officials are letting them get away with it.

Every year, about 142,000 Americans contract salmonella from eating eggs. Texas agencies have been giving egg producers like the Cal-Maine egg-producing plant in Waelder, Texas -- the nation's largest egg producer -- an unfair free pass by allowing them to operate in violation of state health and safety laws.

The Cal-Maine facility, where more than one million chickens are crammed into cages so small that the hens cannot even spread their wings, was packed full of live birds in various stages of illness and disease, covered in feces, and caged alongside dead, decaying corpses.

The government can no longer give these operators what amounts to economic subsidies at the cost of public health and safety.

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Animal Cruelty and Dangerous Food Go Hand in Hand

      More from ALDF on the case: The case was filed to ask Texas officials to follow their own laws and ensure that egg laying hens are not overcrowded into cages, left alone injured and dying, or otherwise left to dwell among dead bodies or in other unsanitary conditions.

      But the state, under influence from the factory farm lobby instead of the Texas citizens that passed the law, has refused to do it and is now wasting precious taxpayer dollars to support the factory farm lobby and fight the Animal Legal Defense Fund in court. The state is literally spending tax dollars to defend a private industry that does little if anything for the citizens of Texas.

      But the funny thing is, by supporting overcrowded and unsanitary factory farms the state is not only wasting taxpayer money to defeat the very law the taxpayers passed. The state is also playing games with food safety.

    3. Reached 750 signatures

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