Submitted by Anne Landman on
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has filed a complaint (pdf) with the Federal Trade Commission to stop the country's largest egg producer, Rose Acre Farms -- makers of Eggland's Best eggs -- from making false and misleading statements in its marketing and advertising about how it treats chickens at the company's farms. On its Web site, posters and in media interviews, the company suggests that Rose Acre provides a "humane and friendly environment" for caged birds, that birds have plenty of space to "move around and socialize" with other chickens and that only chickens who are treated well will be "happy" enough to lay eggs. Rose Acre also claims that their chickens are "comfortable." In reality, according to HSUS, millions of hens are confined for their entire lives in barren wire cages stacked four and eight levels high. Cages are so densely packed that the birds cannot even spread their wings fully. In February and March 2010, HSUS conducted undercover investigations at several Rose Acre Farms locations and videotaped how the chickens are kept. Chickens lose limbs or endure broken bones from rough handling, some birds get trapped in the cage wire and become unable to reach food and water or get trampled to death, and some chickens die, with the carcasses left to rot in the cages for weeks or longer. Consumers have no way to verify producers' claims about how chickens are kept.
turbo10 replied on Permalink
As usual. Those with too much money work hard to pester those who are trying to make some money. False advertising? Unreal. There have got to be a million other useful things the human society could be doing besides pestering a company who doesn't actually kill the birds.
Anonymous replied on Permalink
You are wrong
They actually DO kill the hens. After a year, they are no longer able to lay eggs for a while. These hens are also left to die from disease and malnutrition or dehydration.
No, I'm not a vegetarian. I eat meat and eggs. I don't want animal cruelty to happen to get it though (and I don't believe killing animals for food is cruelty). People who treat animals like these people have should not be in this business anyway. Anything for money, right?
Nini replied on Permalink
"These hens are also left to
"These hens are also left to die from disease and malnutrition or dehydration."
Where on earth do you get that information? It is absolutely not true. There's nothing else for a reasonable person to say about it. It's simply not true.
sandlewood replied on Permalink
it's obvious your attacks and hyper defense prove you work for EB, sickening
Thinkaboutit replied on Permalink
What -- In my opinion (note -
What -- In my opinion (note -- I am letting you know this is my personal view) both these posts are worthless. One defending without facts, and the other shooting them down without knowing much more.
Here is what I do know. I have been to Egg Lands web site, and they do not have a single video that shows any of their chicken raising locations. We need to pressure the large egg producers to be more transparent. They do have a section on animal welfare, but as far as I can tell, they have never been certified as "humane" for their industry (I don't even know if there is an impartial body that does this kind of service).
Bottom line - I know I need to be more engaged, more conscious about what I put into my body, and I appreciate the article (less so the comments).
Dale Kay replied on Permalink
Where on earth do you get that information?
Same question back to you, and why do you write this?
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Michelle replied on Permalink
The only way to truly know what you're getting is to buy local. Most of us in the U.S. have small farmers within driving distance. Find them! It's so much healthier for you and better financially for the small farmers. That way you also know how the animals are being treated. Good luck!
Wendy replied on Permalink
If you work for eggs lands best then I understand your lies. If you don't you need to educate yourself about how these commercial money hungry organizations steal your money through false claims of humane practices. It is sinful the way these animals are treated and the only reason is the cash they stuff their pockets. They could easily provide better surroundings and animal care so that these animals live a healthy and fruitful life not crammed in cages never to even see the sun. Disgusting. Try eating an egg from a real farm where the livestock is properly cared for. But this is more. The commercial farms are owned by monsters who should be crammed in boxes and left to die.