PETA Calls For Prosecution of Local Egg Factory Workers in Full-Page Ad

Undercover Exposé Shows Rampant Neglect on Farm; Group Urges People to Use the Power of the Purse: Don't Buy Eggs!

For Immediate Release:
September 21, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Newark, Ohio – “If Someone Abused Your Dog the Way a Local Egg Farm Abused Chickens, They’d Be Prosecuted.” That’s the message appearing in today’s Newark Advocate, courtesy of a full-page PETA ad that calls for cruelty-to-animals charges against the people responsible for the egregious abuse of hens at Licking County–based Trillium Farm Holdings.

The ad, which urges consumers to stop buying eggs, follows a PETA undercover investigation revealing that workers pulled on and twisted hens’ heads over and over in failed attempts to break their necks. In one incident, the investigator found a severely injured, suffering bird—whom a supervisor had clumsily attempted to kill—still alive in a trash bin. Another worker was seen pulling a live hen’s head off. In just 18 days at Trillium, PETA’s investigator found hundreds of dead hens, many of whom were left to decompose alongside survivors in small, cramped cages.

“Trillium workers slammed dozens of birds into metal boxes, in which they were smothered and crudely gassed, and left hundreds to suffer and die in cages—and those responsible haven’t yet faced any consequences,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA asks consumers not to depend on officials to act and instead to take personal responsibility and end hens’ suffering by going vegan.”

The new ad follows numerous PETA protests outside Walmart stores calling on the company to reassess its relationship with Trillium, whose eggs it sells widely under its “Great Value” brand.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. Broadcast-quality video footage of the group’s investigation is available here. For more information, please visit

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