Help Stop Extreme Animal Cruelty in the Egg Industry
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My name is Robert, and I’m an undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals.
While working undercover at an egg factory farm certified by United Egg Producers, an industry trade group representing the vast majority of U.S. egg farmers, I used a hidden camera to document unimaginable horrors that will haunt me for the rest of my life:
- Thousands of hens crammed inside cages so small the birds couldn’t freely walk, spread their wings, or rest comfortably
- Birds trapped in cage wire or under feed troughs, trampled by their cage mates and unable to reach food and water
- Dead hens rotted beyond recognition left in cages with hens still laying eggs for human consumption
- Birds with swollen eyes, bleeding prolapses, extreme feather loss, and other serious afflictions denied proper veterinary care
From the day they hatched until the day they were violently killed, these hens experienced nothing but pain and suffering.
Perhaps the worst abuse these sensitive and intelligent animals were forced to endure was intensive confinement in tiny wire cages for their entire lives. These cages were so small the birds were barely able to walk and couldn’t perch, fully stretch their wings, or do nearly anything that came naturally to them.
Cages like these are so cruel that the states of California and Michigan have banned them. Massachusetts and Rhode Island are currently considering similar bans.
Additionally, leading food retailers, such as Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, Costco, and Target, and nearly 100 other retailers, restaurants, foodservice companies, and food manufacturers have pledged to go cage-free in the last year. Even McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway have demanded their egg suppliers stop cramming hens into cages.
It’s time for the egg industry to stop torturing birds in battery cages!
Please, take a moment to sign my petition urging United Egg Producers to help end the use of cruel cages in the egg industry. This is blatant animal abuse.
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