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Written by PETA | August 18, 2010

More than a quarter of a billion eggs—a quarter of a billion!—have reportedly been recalled because of an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people in at least three states. A nationwide recall of 13 brands sold by an Iowa egg factory farm has launched a multi-agency investigation that is only expected to grow in scope and scale.

It’s heartbreaking to imagine how many hens lived and died in misery to lay and lose their now rejected eggs, when you consider that a hen has to endure 22 hours of confinement in a crowded battery cage to produce just one egg. Our friends at Mercy for Animals recently released undercover video footage from a California egg factory farm exposing row after multi-stacked row of chickens who live in filthy cages in which they can barely move, injured and sick birds who never see a veterinarian, and birds who are violently grabbed and thrown by their wings, necks, and legs:


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The easiest way to steer clear of diarrhea, cramps, and a possible trip to the emergency room is to avoid eggs altogether. There are loads of ways to avoid eating chicken embryos—check out all these alternatives.

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  • Sherrie says:

    I can certainly sympathize with Megan. On my drive to work in the mornings I pass semitrucks filled with chickens headed to slaughter. Seeing this always makes me sick to my stomach and I have to look away. One time I saw one chicken sticking his head out of the cage trying to get some air. That image still haunts me. When I joined a protest outside a McDonalds last year I did it for him.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I wish PETA would do a commercial parody of the Foster Farms chickens. They could finally end up at a chicken farm where a worker hears them talking in their male voices checks and discovers they are in fact roosters attempts to kill them which they survive and throws them on the dead pile. Farm Sanctuary comes by discovers they are alive and rescues them. The last scene shows them talking with other chickens who really are females as evidenced by the female voices and it turns out that all this time they had Foster Farms mixed up with Farm Sanctuary…Foster Farms name implying they fostered rescued or abandoned animals…..

  • Ashley Giarrizzo says:

    This makes me so sad. I just dont understand why society puts up with this disgusting nature of factory farms! I am so glad I dont eat animals but I wish that the rest of the world didnt turn a blind eye to the conditions of the farms we buy from

  • Allen says:

    The recalled eggs come from Wright County Egg of Galt Iowa and are sold in a variety of packages under the brand names including Lucerne Alvertson Mountain Dairy Ralph’s Boomsma’s Sunshine Hillsdale Farm Fresh Trafficanda Shoreland Lund Dutch Farms and Kemps.

  • Patricia Lorenz says:

    the fact is that virtually all chicken farms operate under the same conditions! the best way to stay clear of supporting the cruelty is to either become vegan and avoid eggs all together or to buy only free range eggs who offer the hens at least some space to roam. if you like eggs then the absolute best options is to have your own chicken or buy the eggs from a local farmer who only keeps a few in the yard but this is hard to find these days S

  • Megan says:

    As a vegetarian and animal lover I sometimes hate to say that I live in this state Iowa. Bewteen having to drive by the Tyson factory living less than 100 miles from the Egg Farms and watching endless semis drive through full of helpless animals it just makes me sick to be an Iowan.

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