Quality Egg of New England in Maine caught in cruelty case.

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by favoritekitty, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. favoritekitty

    favoritekitty Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Has anyone heard this? Horrific! I just got it in an email this morning.



    State executes search warrant at Turner egg farmer

    Staff Report Wednesday, April 1, 2009 PHOTO GALLERY

    TURNER — State agriculture officials are executing a search warrant at Quality Egg of New England on the Plains Road, the former DeCoster Egg Farm, searching for evidence of animal cruelty.

    A representative of Mercy for Animals, a national animal protection organiation, was hired by Quality Egg and secretly videotaped conditions of the farm from Dec. 16 through Feb. 1. Mercy for Animals filed a formal complaint against the farm with the Animal Welfare Program of the Maine Department of Agriculture on March 19, seeking civil and criminal charges against the farm and its workers.

    Highlights from the Mercy For Animals' undercover investigator's diary
    According to the complaint, Mercy for Animals representatives documented "an ongoing pattern of cruelty to animals, including:

    • Supervisors and other workers kicking live hens into manure pits;

    • An ill, live hen hung by her leg on a feeding trough without apparent veterinary care or humane enthanasia;

    • At least 150 hens stuck on the wires of their cages or trapped under parts of cages, unable to access food or water, or to protect themselves from their cage mates;

    • Holes in the flooring of dilapidated cages, many large enough for live hens to fall through into the manure pits below;

    • Inhumanely unclean conditions, including extremely decomposed corpses and rotting eggs in cages with live hens producing eggs for human consumption, and hens living with feces caked on them.

    • Live hens with their body parts stuck in caging, including at least one live hen's face, pressed against moving conveyor belts.

    Quality Egg, originally founded as AJ DeCoster Egg Farms in 1961, was reorganized in 1997 as a limited liability company. The largest producer of eggs in New England, the company's Web site publishes a pledge to strive for "safe quality production at all times," including "meeting the demanding quality standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at all times."

    According to Maine law, egg-laying hens fall under the protection of Maine's animal cruelty laws. Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson has been assigned to handle this case.

    According Mercy for Animals' undercover investigation, on Dec. 17, "I saw a hen in a top battery cage who was stuck under her front cage wall. ...I tried to push her gently, but she wouldn't move and appeared wedged in between cage wires."

    Pointing out the problem to a supervisor, the undercover worker reports that the supervisor "grabbed the hen by a leg and yanked her free forcefully. As he did so, the hen cried out and flapped her wings. She was briefly caught at her cage door" before the supervisor yanked the bird again, spun her around one time by her neck and dropped her on the ground, nudging her with his foot toward the manure pit. "Halfway under a bottom-level egg belt, she popped back onto the floor, flapping her wings, thrashing and bouncing back and forth," according to the worker.

    The search warrant, filed in Lewiston District Court, is impounded until State Police file an inventory of their search.

    Norma Worley, of the state's Animal Welfare Department, along with three state animal agents and four state troopers, assigned to provide security for the Department of Ag, were at the farm Wednesday afternoon, according to a Sun Journal reporter and photographer at the scene.

    It appeared investigators were also removing plastic trash bags from buildings at the farm.

    Bob LeClair, a safety compliance officer at the farm, said he could not comment on the situation but a prepared statement from Quality Egg would be made available soon.

  2. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    For these same reasons... I abhor battery hen farming of any kind...... I cannot comment further for fear of being ex-communicated from the site.....but boy I am SO VERY VERY ANGRY!!!

    Every bird deserves a life wild and free as a hen should be, not caged in battery farms..........no excuses! Free range rules.... must get off soap box....
  3. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    Those poor birds. How can anyone subject a living animal to that kind of treatment.
  4. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    Oh man I hate stories like these. I'm afraid to watch the video, in case it actually shows it-- reading the story is bad enough. I don't get the "local" news on my satellite dish in my area, so I didn't see this on tv, but imagine it might be on at work tonight, as they get the local channels.

    And here I am feeling a tad guilty because we're about a week behind in getting the winter's deep litter out of the barn, but it's been too wet out to get the barrels to and from the barn. Sheesh.... to think I spent years buying eggs from people like this!
  5. favoritekitty

    favoritekitty Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    I only watched enough of the video to see that it was going to be bad. Im sure it was video footage. I also feel guilty that I used to buy food that was inexpensive as possible. Unfortunately, along with that comes abuse.

  6. Disgusting! This is why I wouldnt be buying any store eggs again.
  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Reading that made sick to my stomach... [​IMG]

    How can human beings be so cruel? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    And people wonder why the food supply is polluted. Too bad this sort of investigation does not become national news and a major interest by local and federal leaders. Industrial farming does no good as far as I am concerned.
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    That right there is one reason I will never buy store bought eggs again. That people can be so cruel will never cease to make me wanna strangle someone.

  10. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    Quote:same here [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I would never ever ever, nor could I, treat an animal that way chicken or not I hope the owner PAYS BIG TIME for that I think people like that are heartless [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    ETA: people who treat animals like that are bellow scum they are sub-human I am still thinking of the things those people are but i'll keep my mouth shut....[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG].....[​IMG] [​IMG]
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