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4/6/09: Egg Farm Abusers Ought To Rot In Jail
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Dear Franklin County District Attorney and Maine Department of Agriculture:
I thank the Maine Department of Agriculture for its prompt investigation of
Quality Egg of New England LLC in response to allegations of extreme animal
cruelty. I respectfully ask the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office
to file criminal charges against Quality Egg in Turner, Maine.
I understand the organization Mercy for Animals (MFA) filed a complaint with
the Animal Welfare Program of Maine’s Agriculture Department. The complaint
cites potentially illegal activities documented by MFA’s undercover
investigator from 12/16/08 to 2/1/09 at the former Decoster Egg Farm.
MFA videotapes show egg-producing hens caged alongside decaying carcasses.
Employees and supervisors swing birds in circles to snap their necks, but
often cause prolonged pain rather than instantaneous death. Workers and
managers toss live hens in garbage cans where they are gradually smashed
beneath the weight of other dead birds.
Hens — some with shattered bones, open sores and untreated infections —
are mashed four to six per wire cage. Enclosures are so small, they can’t
flutter a wing or extend a leg, let alone peck, perch or express any natural
behavior. Apparently, birds get stuck in cage wire or underneath feeding
trays with no way to reach food and water. Some are so entangled their faces
or other body parts are crushed against conveyer belts. Management and staff
kick hens into manure trenches where birds either suffocate in liquid feces
or slowly succumb to disease, injury or starvation.
Clearly, these images depict violations of Maine’s anti-cruelty laws. Both
the company and workers shown brutalizing hens should face animal cruelty
charges. Please proceed with their arrest and prosecution. I encourage you
to seek maximum penalties under the law.
Domestic fowl are not machines on an assembly line. They share the same
neurophysiologic makeup as mammals and possess a complex nervous system that
enables them to feel fear and distress.
I urge Maine officials to initiate a no-tolerance policy for abuse within
the livestock industry. Egg production does not justify blatant cruelty.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Terri Kelley, Kinship Circle, Investigative Research
The Rotten Truth: Egg Industry Cruelty Revealed
State executes search warrant at Turner egg farmer
Maine egg farm is accused of mistreating it hens – Chicago Tribune
Allegations of animal abuse at Maine farm
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