Monastery Closes Its Abusive Egg Factory Farm

October 2007

In 2007, a PETA undercover investigator exposed hideous cruelty to animals at Mepkin Abbey, a Christian monastery in South Carolina. The monks operated a standard egg factory farm, which includes cramming hens who have had parts of their beaks sliced off into wire cages so small that they can barely move. The monks were also periodically starving the hens for days at a time to shock their bodies into laying more eggs. In January 2008, the monks announced that because of PETA’s efforts, they would phase out the egg factory farm and shut it down completely in 18 months. Learn more about this exciting victory.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind