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Battery Hen Eggs May Be Mis-Labeled



In the Jan/Feb issue of the HUMANE NEWS, it was mentioned that the Federal Trade Commission was looking into the possibility that the egg industry was misleading consumers about egg-laying chickens that were not raised under “caring & humane conditions” yet could be labeled as “Animal Care Certified”.
Mercy for Animals (MFA) revealed hideous abuse & neglect of egg-laying hens at OHIO FRESH EGGS, Ohio’s largest egg farm operating under the “Animal Care Certified” label.
MFA found hens with severe eye & sinus infections, live birds in trash containers & “dead piles” consisting of the corpses of hens & other birds. Many of the live hens were unable to reach food or water because their legs, wings & other body parts were caught in cages.
The “Animal Care Certified” logo is found on over 80% of all egg cartons in grocery stories. Egg farms are allowed to use that label….even if they cut the beaks off baby chicks without painkillers, starve birds for up to 2 weeks at a time & cram chickens into cages no bigger than this page. The Council of Better Business Bureaus condemned the logo as misleading & referred it to the FTC for possible legal action.
4/22/2005

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