UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION CRACKS THE EGG INDUSTRY
Routine Animal Abuse Exposed; Ten Hens Rescued
Animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing (COK) unveiled the
results of its latest undercover investigation into the cruel treatment of
egg-laying hens--its third such expose of Maryland egg factory farms in just 18
From August through November 2002, COK investigators went undercover at Red
Bird Egg Farms (RBEF) in Millington, Md., and found unimaginably cruel
conditions for the hundreds of thousands of hens at the factory farm, in which
all birds live in "battery cages" without enough room to freely stretch their
Investigators with COK documented in videos and photographs numerous acts of
animal cruelty at RBEF, including:
* Hens immobilized in the wires of their cages without access to food or
* Hens living in overcrowded cages with the decomposing corpses of deceased
* Diseased, sick, and injured hens suffering without veterinary care.
On November 20, 2002, COK investigators rescued ten sick and injured hens in
dire need of immediate veterinary care, removing them from the factory farm.
As reported in The New York Times, members of COK entered the chicken sheds
at night and filmed the rows of hens crammed 10 to a cage, and documented
close-ups of swollen eyes, infected skin and shattered wings entangled in cage
wire." (December 4, 2002.)
Says COK president Miyun Park, "If the abuse egg-laying hens endure was
forced upon dogs or cats, it would be illegal. It's time we take a stand against
such cruelty and stop buying eggs."
RBEF is not an isolated case--it is the norm in the egg industry. Similar
investigations at major egg farms in Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey, and Maryland
have all uncovered the same conditions.
Compassion Over Killing is a Washington, D.C.-based animal advocacy
organization. For details on COK's latest investigation/open rescue and to view
the photo gallery, please visit: http://www.cok.net
Neighbors win $33 million in pork nuisance suit
A Sac County, Iowa, jury last week awarded a precedent-setting $33 million
in damages to neighbors of an Iowa Select Farms hog lot in a suit alleging the
company's large swine operation produced odors, noxious gases and excessive
flies that diminished the value of their property. The lawsuit involved four
farm couples from Early, Iowa, who said the facility improperly disposed of
animal carcasses and waste.
The hog producer, which is the largest in the state and the ninth largest in
the country, was assessed $1.06 million in actual damages plus $32 million in