An egg farm in Maine has agreed to pay over $130,000 in fines because of 10 acts of animal cruelty which took place at their facility. The animal cruelty was documented on video by an undercover investigator from an animal rights organization.
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson cited the company with ten civil counts of animal cruelty. A major portion of the fines was a single payment of $100,000 for hen treatment monitoring at the same farm, and for monitoring at other hen farms in the state.
The Executive Director of Mercy for Animals said, “Our organization has conducted a number of investigations at battery caged egg facilities across the nation from coast to coast, and unfortunately what we have found is that animal abuse runs rampant in egg farms nationwide, and this settlement really lends credibility to the fact that animals are abused in cage egg production.”
He also noted that consumers can play a role in helping animals in farms be treated properly by being informed about their purchasing decisions. The consumer role is important, because government alone can’t always oversee everything that is happening. Informed consumers have power to share information, work together, and influence society in a positive way.
A spokesperson for the farm said they are taking measures to educate their employees about improved animal handling and hen health.
Mercy for Animals has video of the mistreatment of the hens. It is disturbing, and I couldn’t watch more than about one to two minutes of it. It appears some chickens had their necks wrung, then were kicked into trash bins. Some were thrown in garbage cans. If this type of cruelty is happening in many such facilities, it’s enough to cause one to consider not eating eggs again.
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