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Egg Industry Broken Wide Open

Written by PETA | September 30, 2010

If anyone still believes that “organic” eggs are a humane choice, please look at these gut-wrenching photos from the Organic Valley farm in Wisconsin: They show birds in stinking, stifling, windowless warehouses, crammed so tightly together that they’re barely able to move—much less spread their wings, scratch in the dirt, or interact normally in any way.

The heartbreaking photos were released by a farm-policy research group called The Cornucopia Institute in a report called “Scrambled Eggs,” which details the entrenched abuse in industrial-scale egg factories.

 

Like many other facilities that raise pullets (young birds), this house in Southwest Wisconsin confines the animals, granting no outdoor access whatsoever, and provides virtually no natural light in the building. Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

 

36,000 birds in an aviary system in Wisconsin, supplying Chino Valley Ranchers. The hens also have access to an outdoor run. Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

 

As the pictures attest, “organic” doesn’t mean that birds are allowed to be free. Cage-free does not mean free range, of course, and so the chickens can still be crammed into sheds and forced to suffer through having a part of their beak cut off, just like birds on factory farms. But “organic” does mean that the chickens aren’t fed antibiotics—leaving them all the more susceptible to illness in the filthy, poorly ventilated, crowded conditions.

 

The outside view of a 60,000 bird “organic” henhouse in Pennsylvania. The other side of the building has a small grassy porch as “outdoor access.” Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

 

A two-story henhouse with tens of thousands of organic hens inside. The small, enclosed porch on the first floor provides “outdoor access” for the chickens on the second floor as well—it is accessible via a ramp that leads chickens down, single-file. Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.

 

Break the cycle of cruelty in your own life by choosing vegan alternatives to eggs, meat, and dairy products. Call 1-888-VEG-FOOD or order a free copy of our vegetarian/vegan starter kit today. 

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Gwen says:

    I’m convinced. No more eggs.

  • Debra Doll says:

    I have been mislead. I am a vegetarian but I really thought if it was labeled “organic, free-range, etc.” that I was not condoning animal cruelty. I will never eat another egg again! This is so cruel and sad!

  • Michelle says:

    Just give up eggs

  • Victoria says:

    This just beggars belief, it’s cruelty for the sake of it, there is not a single excuse for this to be allowed to happen, it’s shameful.

  • anomynous says:

    Im glad that I have 3 cage free hens that give me ggs ever day!!They just run around the farm being happy.I also have one rooster who runs around to.

  • Jada says:

    This is free range?!?! I am shocked, saddened and grossed out and will NEVER eat eggs after seeing this! I was phasing out of them anyway (after my friend clarified what they really are: menstrual waste) but this just seals the deal for me.

  • susan brown says:

    I HAVE BEEN VEGAN NOW 3 WEEKS, WAS VEGI BUT CANT STAND THE WAY ANIMALS ARE FARMED ANYMORE..I WILL NEVER EAT ANOTHER ANIMAL…OH AND I FEEL GREAT..

  • Christine says:

    I keep my own hens who are TRUE free-range. They scavenge everything – even the doggie-do. I collect most of the eggs, which are enough for me, my staff and my friends. I let selected hens “set”, and I only let my ducks “set” 6 eggs out of the 20 they lay. I’m not a vegan, but I have to be self-sustaining on my farm, and my birds are HAPPY. I’m appalled to see the conditions in this article – I KNOW my birds who each have their own personality and feelings.

  • Alfredo Santi says:

    IT IS A SHAME TO SEE THAT HUMAN STILL THINKING IN TERMS OF MONEY INSTEAD OF CARING AND LOVING THE ANIMALS.WHAT A GREAT IGNORANCE TO THINK THAT ANIMALS HAVE NO FEELING, EMOTION AND A SENSE OF LOVE. WHAT ABOUT IF EVERYTHING WERE IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION?…HUMANS STOCK IN CAGE FOR EATING INDUSTRY…I AM SURE HUMANS WON’T LIKE TO SEE OTHER HUMANS IN CAGE, KILLING EACH OTHER FOR SURVIVING. THANKS PETA FOR ALL YOU GREAT WORK. IT MEANS A LOT

  • PETA says:

    To contact the USDA directly to demand more humane living conditions for all animals used for food, please visit – http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/.

  • ocean17 says:

    oh those poor birds. that is disturbing, barbaric and very cruel. human beings are unthinking apathetic monsters, this needs to stop. this only shows that oraganic and free-range are just myths.

  • Dawn WD says:

    All I can hope is that all the people that do care about animals and are vegetarian will realize that it is not enough. While animals are used as a producer of food, they will be abused and killed. It is so sad that humankind has sunk so low. PLEASE GO VEGAN.

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