Chicken Cruelty Allegations At Large Egg Farm

Allegations of animal cruelty have prompted an investigation of New England's largest egg farm.

A group called Mercy for Animals says undercover video of Quality Egg of New England in Turner, Maine, shows hens stuffed in cramped cages, some of them sick and injured.

The farm has more than four million laying hens and produces tens of thousands of cases of eggs each week. State inspectors searched the farm yesterday and prosecutors will investigate before deciding whether any charges will be filed.

Mercy for Animals director Nathan Runkle says a civilized society has a responsibility to protect all animals from needless suffering, including those raised for food.

The group says Quality Egg is a major supplier for Pennsylvania-based Eggland's Best. The company's Web site says its suppliers follow strict standards for animal welfare.


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  • by charlie Location: portsmouth on Jun 12, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    chicken cruelty should be stopped the amout of chickens suffering from it they should be free
  • by Realist Location: Stella on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Meinobx, unless you are buying your eggs from local barkyard farmers or paying top dollar for free range, any egg you buy in the grocery store will be from a vertically integrated chicken factory. That means stacks and stacks of chicken in tiny cages. Large scale commercial farming is what keeps food here so cheap, oh and the millions of dollars in farm subsidies the government pays the corporate farmers while regulatoring the small farmer out of business.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 6, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    Needless suffering. I worked in a cramped office. I worked when I was sick. I am suffering whilereading this story. No wait, I can scroll page.
  • by meinobx Location: obx on Apr 4, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    That's no way to treat a chicken! Shame on them...don't think I will eat another Eggland's Best.
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