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Surprise, Surprise: Salmonella-Tainted Eggs Came From Filthy Farms

Written by PETA | August 31, 2010

Like Claude Rains in Casablanca, federal inspectors were shocked—shocked!—to find that the egg farms implicated in the recent salmonella outbreak (which led to a still-spreading recall) were filthy and shoddily maintained. In fact, a recent investigation by the Food and Drug Administration turned up barns that were infested with flies, maggots, and scurrying rodents as well as piles of droppings 4 to 8 feet high in the manure pits below the battery cages.

Surprised? We weren’t. Over the past decade, a series of undercover investigations by our friends at Mercy for Animals have inevitably found cruel and unhealthy conditions on egg farms around the country—including one that was owned by the same man who operates the nasty farms that are responsible for the current disaster.



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Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Mcx Tips says:

    Thank God for the people in this universe that truly can see how people will one day meet their maker for this barbatic acts. LET HELP PETA TO CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE NEWS THE GOOD NEW THAT THEY ARE WORKING SO HARD ON THESE CASES. GO PETA GO PETA !!!! Free Mcx Tips trial

  • Saucy says:

    What a completely rotten thing to do to a chicken. No wonder they’re laying rotten eggs. Can you blame them?

  • C says:

    Muriel an egg from a healthy chicken is the closest whole food in nutrition to human breast milk. You can have eggs humanely by raising your own chickens or getting eggs from a local chicken owner who allows you to see how the chickens are raised. Egg laying chickens are kept away from roosters so none are fertilized. Chickens will eat their own eggs if they are not cleared away from the nest. Unfertilized eggs will also rot in the nest if they aren’t removed. Plenty of animals eat eggs and humans are animals. Chickens can lay eggs for up to 20 years depending on the breed and generally lay one egg every day or two. Molting seasons weather and diet all affect when they lay. Egg laying isn’t voluntary it is just something a hen does when she reaches the right age. It causes no harm to the hen to lay an egg nor does it cause the hen harm for someone to collect and eat the egg.

  • muriel says:

    Bad apples? Please! Stop eating eggs. Stop drinking milk. Besides humans do not need to eat dairy products. Think what an egg is. What milk is they are not meant for human consumption at all!

  • Sarah Brandow says:

    hey ashley this is actually standard procedure for many egg facilities. the entire animal product industry is unfortunately full of cruelty. i’m glad that more people are slowly becoming aware of this. california passed a law coming into effect in 2013 that egglaying hens must be able to stretch their wings without touching another bird or a cage wall. baby steps but public awareness is what evokes change.

  • Ralph says:

    Yes these are bad… HOWEVER they’re just a couple of bad apples in an industry that adheres to rules. You really need to stop labeling everyone as bad because of one that does bad.

  • Ashley says:

    This is by far one of the most sickening video’s I have ever seen. I am sick to my stomach after watching this. I’ve been a vegetarian now for 2 months today I know it’s not that long but I’m proud of myself and each day I am one step closer to becoming a vegan. It will happen I just am trying to adapt and find ways to become a HEALTHY vegan and learn about alternative options

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    For those who still eat eggs it’s not just about not buying them in cartons…it’s about being careful of products that have eggs in them such as mayonaise cookie dough hundreds of products where the eggs may not be cooked enough I love raw cookie dough but I don’t dare eat it anymore. Best solution Veganaise and products that use nondairy and non egg ingredients. You may have to hunt them down the internet is a great source but it’s worth the effort. For those who still have determined omnivores in the family just don’t tell them you made the substitution they won’t know the difference. I added soymilk to recepies for months before my husband found out about it….