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Demonstration Planned for Mepkin Abbey

Written by PETA | December 19, 2007

Mepkin_Abbey_Eggs_small.jpgTomorrow afternoon, PETA members will be demonstrating against the horrific cruelty involved in factory-farm egg production at, of all places, a Trappist Monastery. The perpetrators in question are a group of supposedly peace-loving monks who run an operation at Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina that crams 20,000 chickens into tiny wire “battery cages” so small that they barely have room to move. Although Mepkin’s monks don’t grind the male chicks up in macerators themselves—egg farms don’t have any need for male chicks, for obvious reasons—their suppliers do, and this little deal with the devil doesn’t reflect particularly well on them either. In the spirit of Christmas (which is getting ominously close), now’s a really good time for these monks to think about a new way of participating in what they call “the caring cultivation of the Earth and its creatures” that doesn’t involve torturing defenseless animals. I’ll post pictures of the demonstration tomorrow—the protestors will be stationed outside the stores in Charleston and Columbia that sell Mepkin’s eggs—but in the meantime, you can watch footage from our investigation into Mepkin Abbey below.

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  • jack degerlia says:

    Hi Everyone Jack Here. I am delighted that you all took such a strong stance on my last post. I stand by my previous post. Ana writes Lovely sissy look in your mink! Damn right Carla I look good damn good! sissy or not. I look real good in it while I set in my car on my real leather seats MOO! I also must admit that I have also abused a few diamonds they have been ground from their original rough stone to a shiny lovely bezel around my Rolex. I wonder if they have feelings? Jaclyn writes Jack Degerlia since you got God involved in this I’d love to have God walk through that factory farm and see if we get his seal of approval. Jack thinks you should Call God up and invite him down see what he says. Jesus was a meat eater. It you have traveled at all other than to Wal mart to buy your crappy goods you will find evidence of very small pens. I recently visited the Holy Land. Those architectural digs exposed some shocking treatment of animals I wonder if Jesus purchased his leather sandals from someone who had free range goats? Julia Writes Do you actually think chickens can deliberately stop laying eggs on thier own free will? If you are willing to make a valid statement here we cannot take you serious if you are babbling nonsense AS WELL AS And yes Jack D. if it takes protesting at 60000 buildings in New York Denver Austin Orlando Istanbul Calcutta Dallas LA and St. Louis PETA WILL BE THERE! So instead of bothering people who have a passion in life go get a hobby instead of bothering people with real ideals. Jacks Degerlia Says Yes Julia I was raised on a farm Chickens when upset will stop producing. Send me your email address and I will get you a list of the buildings in your nearest city that have pigeon spikes there are a lot of them I am sure and you will want to get started soon. Now seriously folks I am all for the humane treatment of animals. But get to the cause of the problem. Does it do you any good to protest a Chicken Farmer? NO he is still going to sell those eggs regardless. CREATE CHANGE where it is needed! You all are no different from local law enforcement around the nation arresting the $20.00 Pot Pusher when they focus absolutely no energy on the guy bringing in Millions. Boycott the buyers not the sellers. Mr. Egg Farmer does not give a shit what you say. It all comes down to money and he is selling those dozens of eggs. Target the big boys when large conglomerate egg seller realizes that products are being boycotted because of the mistreatment of Chickens then and then only will he do something until then conglomerate seller looks down and sees Mr. Farmer being protested and says let him deal with it not my problem Finally to Carla who writes Hey Jack Degerlia!! Can I put you in one Oh Please just for a day 24hrs that is! Maybe then Just then you’ll understand the cruelty! Go Peta go!! And Merry Christmas to all!! Dear Sweet Carla such hurtful things And my last thoughts for today to the person who wrote this Get a life! If you had one you wouldn’t be on this blog making insulting stupid nonsensical comments that is of interest to no one. If you don’t like advocating for animals go away. Welcome to the free world you bumbling fool. It is called a forum without the occasional opposing view what would get your dander up? There is an old saying around my house when someone does not like what the other has to say well if we all liked vanilla there would not be enough to go around I will break it down because I am sure that is going to be difficult for you to understand you simpleton. Folks are allowed to like different things and have different views. I posted my thoughts you all attacked TYPICIAL of such a group Fight or Flight! You chose fight! Each one of you immediately attacked instead of saying Jack Degerlia you poor stupid fool here is a website a pamphlet a youtube video to watch so you understand where we are coming from. Attacking is not educating.

  • Nancy Nellis says:

    Just wondering what Chickenegg producing farm pointed you to the Moncks at Mebkin Abbey. Have you been to the Chicken farms along side Interstate 95 in Smithfield North Caroilna? You can see the thousands of chickens all crammed in those chicken houses all the way from the road as you drive by. What about all the “REDNECK BUMPKINS” down here starvin thier hound dogs before the “Hunt”? Have’nt seen “PETA” on them good ole boys. You will find more wildlife per square inch on Mepkin Abbey grounds than anywhere else in South Carolina. Why? They don’t use any fertilizer. It’s all organic likemy grandfather used. Shame on PETA!!!! Yes chickens are DUMB animals. They still keep running around even after their heads are cut off. Sounds kind of like a ?SNAKE. Nancy Nellis SummervilleSC.

  • cartertrkpro says:

    I saw the HBO special on PETA and was curious. I browsed the website and quite frankly i’m not swayed. I get the feeling that if a hurt animal and a hurt human being the majority of you would trample over the human in favor of the animal. I think we’ve reached a sad place in history when we value and animal over a human

  • Cindy K. in florida says:

    ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE! THANK YOU AGAIN PETA. To the young man who performed the investigation “TWO THUMBS UP FOR YOU.” Hooray way to go!

  • Aleasha says:

    Great story Jack! Thanks!!!!

  • Julia says:

    Michelle Maybe you havent noticed that Peta stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. That means they stand for animal rights. Have you ever heard of MADD? That stands for Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. Have you contacted them about children’s rights? Or the Humane Society? Its so weird that you have chosen to attack a group associated with animals rights for not fighting for childrens rights. It doesnt make any sense. Of course Peta doesnt want children abused but they are a animals rights group. Not a children’s rights group. Have you asked any Gay rights groups to fight for children’s rights instead? Better yet what if i started asking childrens rights groups to fight for animals rights instead? Would that make sense? You are out of context here clearly. If you want to help children do so! As I want to end suffering of animals which in the long run ends suffering of all humans children and adult I will do so!

  • lexi says:

    omg how can ppl do this to animals we need to speak up for animals! they deserve so much better than this! they just dont understand make a difference!

  • kelly says:

    Mary Edwards maybe you should worry about the poor of SC that these monks contribute NOTHING to. “They are not trying to be rich and powerful” ???? Garbage! This was a BIG MONEY BUSINESS that was raking in the bucks. And NO TAXES PAID to the state of SC to help support poor people and the elderly and kids and others who need businesses to contribute their fair share. Mary you are getting conned in the name of religion.

  • Kristina says:

    Jessica Technically I don’t believe you want to use the word ‘retarded’ that just means slow. I’m sure you mean something along the lines as ‘idiotic’ or ‘moronic’ And I would love to know how you would ‘enlighten’ someone who seems sorely misguided in the ways of animal rights. Anonymous Don’t be acinine. If you want to represent the opposing view point do it with some intelligence and not something a 10 yr old might use.

  • Anonymous says:

    why don’t you all go after vegtable farmers next?

  • Jessica says:

    HAHA! JACK your are RETARDED! Maybe you should read up a some more on this whole thing called LIFE and learn something. Why dont we get together for a chat? I would love to enlighten you!

  • BARBARA says:

    I’M SORRY I COULDN’T ATTEND THIS PROTEST. I SAW ON THE NEWS WHERE THE “POOR MONKS” WERE HAVING TO FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO NOW. GEE THEY’VE GOT ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD USE IT TO SAVE SOME ANIMALS!

  • Susan says:

    It amazes me as to who uses the awful language and attacks the person AND who uses civil language and attacks the action. For shame. If you want to convert people to your way of thinking it is best to use sugar. It is the action of PETA and the mentality of some of its members that is driving me away. The last post I will send for sure.

  • Chris says:

    PETA has committed a grave injustice against these holy men. I presume most PETA members are for abortion. This ridiculous inversion of values gives the lie to what PETA “stands” for. While we should do what we can to live in a way that values all of God’s creatures to invert the order and put the animals “rights” over and above the human is idolatry in one of its most vulgar and perverse forms. PETA has accomplished nothing except to fool some people into thinking they are more just than they actually are. They live in a delusional world.

  • rd says:

    It’s going to take many years for people like Jack to grow a conscience. I still see women sporting fulllength mink coats around Boston thinking they’re da bomb. What will it take to get through to these idiots? I believe that virtual video tours of slaughterhouses should be mandatory viewing before anyone is allowed to buy a fur coat from a department store or chicken or beef from the supermarket! Just imagine if that was your cat or dog being tortured like that Jack. Peace on Earth to humans and animals alike!

  • Ana says:

    Monastic orders take vows of poverty and most take vows to abstain from eating meat. The premise of their lifestyle is to live a life of simplicity peace humility and prayer. Raising chickens in deplorable and cruel conditions for slaughter and profit is not indicative of a prayerful humble life dedicated to God. I have visited many monasteries and have purchased books cards and preserves. My friends have purchased wine as well. Michelle this is an animal rights blog what part of that don’t you understand. You are wasting time here making ludicrous remarks and insulting animal advocates when you could be helping children. Get involved in your community and improve its conditions. For Christmas I hope you get a heart because your comments indicate you don’t have one. Animal Liberation and a Merry and Peaceful Christmas for all of God’s creatures!!!!

  • Charleston Resident says:

    The monks of Mepkin Abbey have done nothing to deserve the treatment they have received from PETA. The “reporting and investigating” is like something from the National Enquirer. The monks use the chickes to support themselves and they are not supposedly peaceful they are peaceful people. Maybe one day PETA will do something useful but not today. Leave the monks alone.

  • Lisa Estridge says:

    Michelle caring about animals does not mean we don’t care about people.One has nothing to do with the other.And by the way we don’t have to worry about how our food was treated because we don’t eat meat remember were animal lovers.

  • Jammer says:

    Every day some fuckin’ idiot wants it known that they’ll eatwear whatever they damn well please in CAPITAL LETTERS!andor animal rights is bullshitterrorismhypocrisyantihuman blah blah blah…. Fuck off already. If you wanna smell your own farts so badly I suggest the long end of a snorkel go deep in your rectum and the mouthpiece stapled to your nose.

  • mary edwards says:

    I agree with this whole heartedly!!!! “These monks have been supporting their selves for 40 years by selling eggs. They are not trying to be rich and powerful by ruthlessly harming poultry. When you force them to stop are you going to also replace the 60 of their income that will be lost? Will you be standing in front of the stores with donation buckets to keep these kind monks self sufficient as quickly as you will with your picket signs? Put your money where your mouth is. Any group that can force a monk to lose his hospitality is nothing short of a terrorist organization. Those of you saying “religion doesn’t mean your good” should check into the history of this monastery. If you want them to stop selling eggs whip out your checkbook and make it possible you hypocrites!”

  • mary edwards says:

    These monks have been supporting their selves for 40 years by selling eggs. They are not trying to be rich and powerful by ruthlessly harming poultry. When you force them to stop are you going to also replace the 60 of their income that will be lost? Will you be standing in front of the stores with donation buckets to keep these kind monks self sufficient as quickly as you will with your picket signs? Put your money where your mouth is. Any group that can force a monk to lose his hospitality is nothing short of a terrorist organization. Those of you saying “religion doesn’t mean your good” should check into the history of this monastery. If you want them to stop selling eggs whip out your checkbook and make it possible you hypocrites!

  • Dana says:

    Jack I think all ARAs here would agree that we have a hobby…one filled with compassion and driven to provide awareness to people about ALL animal abuse…If you dont like it get over it for all of us are here to stay… South Carolinin….I too live in south carolina.. So stop making south carolina seem like a place full of unkind beings like yourself. Just because these people are monks does not mean they are doing the right thing…they do not get a free pass on animal abuse just because they are monks….Many Christians that murder people claim to have found God does that mean they as well should be excused. They are bothering something these innocent creatures….It is kind of hard to say they live in peace when they are being anything but peaceful to these innocent creatures.

  • kelly says:

    It is always an education when the good ole boy farmers show up to defend cruelty and the oddball like Michelle defending cruelty to children. Geez. When I read this “Please reevaluate your priorities and focus them on areas that will bring betterment to our fellow countrymen. South Carolinian. ” I know that I also hear EXACTLY THE SAME THING from the good ole boy puppy millers as they ask us to deflect attention don’t look at them leave them alone let their underground businesses avoid scrutiny. They want people to think about OTHER things than the crimes their dirty industry is committing. Wherever you hear people saying stuff like that LOOK CLOSELY at what they are up to. And Charleston Native? Many of these religious organizations make huge amounts of money and pay no taxes. So maybe you should be a little attention to what they are taking away from your community.

  • little big woman says:

    to Charleston Native and IncredibleEdible for to blame PETA you have to go up earlier look at the next post your foulmouthed belches are snow from yesterday!!!

  • rojo says:

    Tamara that quote was in the video already.

  • Mepkin Supporter says:

    These Monks raise 60 percent of the budget for survival off the sale of the eggs. Instead of threatening the very survival of the Abbey why not offer a solution so that the chickens are treated better and the monks can live. Its not like they are living in the lap of luxury but farming the eggs but wait I forgot you don’t have any suggestions short of letting the chickens go. Thanks for your help. Please don’t expect me to welcome any of you with open arms. I don’t mean that it a belligerent way its just I would rather not be around you.

  • IncredibleEdible says:

    The monks have been Raising chickens and selling their eggs for 40 years and it hasn’t hurt anyone. These are some of the most peaceful people you could ever encounter. In fact many of you could learn a lot from their kind and gentle manner. Laying eggs is what chickens do naturally. You claim to be all about nature. Farming is what this great country that gave you this freedom of speech was built on. Now you’re trying to take it away.

  • michelle says:

    I’m sure that each and everyone has their opinion of what should be done here but do you track down each and every meal you eat? Are you making sure that the hamburger you ate came from a cow that was raised in a happy home or the bacon you had for breakfast was at peace before it became breakfast. I have lived near Mepkin Abby for the most part of my life and they are truly quiet peaceful people. And I have purchased and ATE eggs from the abby. I do agree that the conditions are not perfect but I’ve seen children living in similar conditions and nothing is being done about this. But here’s a thought… try sending this energy to hungry and abused children go protest at your state capital for children’s rights and check out local orphanages and foster homes. I would love to share a story about a little child that was removed from her home. She was 6 years old at the time. She threw a temper tantrum in a local grocery store her mother spanked her police were called. The mother was arrested and taken to jail. The little girl was put “in the system” she was sent to a foster home by the time her parents got their day in court 6 months later they discovered that their little girl had been in 4 foster homes and had been raped by a child of one of the foster parents… guess what was done???? nothing… this child has been in therapy for months she is totaly changed. She is not the sweet loving playful little girls she used to be. Now she wakes in the night screaming and will not even let her own parents hug her. And all this over a welldeserved spanking…… and all you guys have to complain about are some chickens! Wake up people this country cares more about our damn animals than we do about our future leaders. Instead of protesting at the abby this week why don’t you start by protesting over at the County DSS or Family Court since your gonna be in town! And thanks for reminding me I need to pick up some eggs on the way home from work for Christmas breakfast to go with my sliced HAM! Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Charleston Native says:

    These monks have been supporting their selves for 40 years by selling eggs. They are not trying to be rich and powerful by ruthlessly harming poultry. When you force them to stop are you going to also replace the 60 of their income that will be lost? Will you be standing in front of the stores with donation buckets to keep these kind monks self sufficient as quickly as you will with your picket signs? Put your money where your mouth is. Any group that can force a monk to lose his hospitality is nothing short of a terrorist organization. Those of you saying “religion doesn’t mean your good” should check into the history of this monastery. If you want them to stop selling eggs whip out your checkbook and make it possible you hypocrites!

  • South Carolinian.. says:

    This is truly sad that your Org would target a passive religous group of people whom bother noone whom have lifestyle of selfsustainment and have dedicated thier life’s to a higher calling in an attempt to take away thier means of survival. It is truly Sad on your organizations part to embark on such a journey ! With all the other higher priority issues this country should address your movement towards these Monks could’ve been better spent on making a difference. They are chickens birds animals that we mass produce to provide food for our country they are at lower echelon of the food chain.. Please reevaluate your priorities and focus them on areas that will bring betterment to our fellow countrymen. South Carolinian.

  • South Carolinian.. says:

    This is truly said that your Org would target a passive religous group of people whom bother noone whom have lifestyle of selfsustainment and have dedicated thier life’s to a higher calling in an attempt to take away thier means of survival. It is truly Sad on your organizations part to embark on such a journey ! With all the other higher priority issues this country should address your movement towards these Monks could’ve been better spent on making a difference. They are chickens birds animals that we mass produce to provide food for our country they are at lower echelon of the food chain.. Please reevaluate your priorities and focus them on areas that will bring betterment to our fellow countrymen. South Carolinian.

  • Shayla says:

    I’ll be therein about two hours…I live in Spartanburg so it won’t take me long.

  • Ana says:

    Jack Degerlia Get a life! If you had one you wouldn’t be on this blog making insulting stupid nonsensical comments that is of interest to no one. If you don’t like advocating for animals go away. Lovely sissy look in your mink!

  • Carla says:

    Hey Jack Degerlia!! Can I put you in one Oh Please just for a day 24hrs that is! Maybe then Just then you’ll understand the cruelty! Go Peta go!! And Merry Christmas to all!!

  • Julia says:

    Jack Degerlia Do you actually think chickens can deliberately stop laying eggs on thier own free will? If you are willing to make a valid statement here we cannot take you serious if you are babbling nonsense. This blog is dedicated to those who believe and fight for animal rights. It is a choice and a lifestyle. And as for the whole part where you say “they are chickens for God’s sake!” Well yes they are chickens and for God’s sake save them from pain and suffering! And yes Jack D. if it takes protesting at 60000 buildings in New York Denver Austin Orlando Istanbul Calcutta Dallas LA and St. Louis PETA WILL BE THERE! So instead of bothering people who have a passion in life go get a hobby instead of bothering people with real ideals.

  • Tamara says:

    You’re slipping Jack… There is a quote on your siteofficial stance from Pope Benedict XVI on factory farming. It is on GoVeg.comI’ll quote some of it here… “When he was asked about the rights of animals in a 2002 interview he said That is a very serious question. At any rate we can see that they are given into our care that we cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals too are God’s creatures . . . Certainly a sort of industrial use of creatures so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.” That might be real relavent to your story. These Monks are not following the wishes of the Holy Father… I am glad the Catholic Church takes a stand on these animal issues and sees the value of ALL life. Including the lives of animals.

  • Maya, Master's candidate, wildlife biology says:

    I wish you luck PETA. Stay safe down there it’s a bit more conservative from what I understand. Those photos are revolting who could eat eggs after seeing such filth? It looks like a concentration camp.

  • Jaclyn says:

    Jack Degerlia you are taking the easy road out. Anyone can say “they are chickens for God’s sake!” It is very easy to just close your mind and just shrug your shoulders and say who cares they are just a bunch of animals. Ignoring the situation means that you don’t have to do any self reflection and you don’t have to make any changes you don’t have to admit any possible wrong doing. You don’t get to admit that an omelet is not worth putting “just chickens” through that kind of torture. Jack Degerlia since you got God involved in this I’d love to have God walk through that factory farm and see if we get his seal of approval. I think I’ll take your advice I’ll get a hobby using you as an example. I’ll go to blogs that I completely disagree with and I’ll go haunt them and be a bitch to them and insult them. That will be my hobby.

  • Susannah S says:

    Monks are just people and many many people think this is the way to raise chickens these days. The thing would be to try to educate them about other ways to raise chickens that are both economical and humane. I recently had a “freerange” chicken farmer tell me that he still clipped the chickens beaks because he just didn’t know how else to keep them from fighting. I said”keep them in smaller groups no more than 30 in one group.” He looked really surprised he had never considered that. He has plenty of room so he told me he’d consider making several chicken yards with no more than 30 per group and that if it worked he’d stop clipping their beaks. The point is that people really don’t know sometimes how to step outside of the recommended farming techniques of the day. Sometimes even if they do it doesn’t matter I realize but often it does make a difference. Being “religious” is no guarantee of being humane even though the Pope has come out in favor of treating animals humanely and St. Francis is a popular saint. It’s going to take a long time unfortunately to raise people’s awareness of how inhumane MOST of our current farming practices are but there is progress. Hopefully the monks will change their ways of raising chickens.

  • animalfriend says:

    PETA you rock! this is great news! unfortunately i’m in europe but i shall be there with my heart and soul and prayers and here some other good news i found a great site called ‘chosecrueltyfree.org.au’ with hosts of celebrities as spokes persons among others hugh jackman and julian mcmahon!!! check it out!

  • Dana says:

    Now this beats all the least likely people you expect to see doing this are. I think they really need to look a little more closely at their belief system and the persons teachings they follow. I am glad that Peta is exposing this to the public and I hope that after the protest and some deep soul searching they find the error of their ways.

  • Canaduck says:

    That is so disgusting. Keep nagging them PETA. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • kelly says:

    This all reminds me of the puppy millers. Many of them claim to be deeply “religious” and will spout the Bible all day long while they torture and kill dogs let them freeze or bake in cages outdoors and sell people sick or genetically troubled dogs. I don’t think that God is very pleased at ALL with His name being used as a smokescreen for cruelty.

  • Caboose says:

    yeah take that ABUSE out.

  • Jack Degerlia says:

    I will be there! In my Mink handing out free omelets. They are Chickens for Gods Sake! What is next? Are you going to bitch to every building in New York Denver Austin Orlando Istanbul Calcutta Dallas LA and St. Louis. Not to mention 60000 other places that put up those spiky things so pigeons wont land nest and shit all over the place. You would think that if the chickens are that upset and abused they would stop producing eggs. You are beginning to go to far with this Get a hobby.

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