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In August 2009, a Compassion Over Killing investigator worked inside an egg factory farm in Minnesota owned by Michael Foods, one of the nation's largest egg producers. While employed there, the investigator used a hidden camera to document horrific abuses including:
Minnesota-based Michael Foods supplies eggs to several national restaurant chains, including Dunkin' Donuts. Compassion Over Killing has reached out to Dunkin Donuts numerous times to inquire about the treatment of hens in its supply chain and to encourage the company to make meaningful changes for hens--and consumers--by making vegan donuts.
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Sarah Shields, PhD: Dr. Shields is an animal welfare expert who earned her PhD at the University of California in the Animal Behavior Program.
"It is disconcerting that live hens must share cage space with dead birds until the corpses are found and removed."
"The video also depicts several hens who have become trapped under the feeder or between loose wires in their cages. … Trapped birds who cannot extricate themselves can suffer from severe trauma and, if these birds are unable to reach feed or water, they may die a slow and painful death."
Ian Duncan, PhD: Dr. Duncan is the Chair of Animal Welfare in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph (Canada).
"The most striking feature of the video is the large number of dead birds that are taken out of the cages. … [B]irds are removed that have been dead for a considerable time. The carcasses are covered in feces, and are rotting. In some cases, the carcasses are actually disintegrating which suggests that the birds have been dead in the cages for well over a week. In many cases the carcasses are very difficult to remove from the cages. This suggests that the hens may have been trapped while still alive and had a slow lingering death because they could not reach the food or water."
"All of this is evidence that the cages have not been adequately inspected for many days, perhaps even weeks.”
“The hygiene of the eggs in this unit is also at great risk since newly-laid eggs are rolling over rotting carcasses.”
“In summary, this video shows laying hens being kept under very bad conditions in which they are suffering enormously. … In my opinion the general public would absolutely refuse to eat eggs from a unit such as this.”
Nedim Buyukmihci, VMD: Dr. Buyukmihci is an Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.
“The cages contained many dead birds. Many of these birds had been long dead as evidenced by their mummified state and sometimes being in pieces. This would take several weeks to develop.”
“These dead birds in particular emphasized the complete inadequacy of the methods used to check the condition of hens. … The welfare of the chickens at this facility was compromised as a result of this failure to properly observe the hens. Moreover, dead chickens were left among the living for long periods of time. These bodies can be a source of contagion and compromise the health of the living chickens.”
“There is no question, therefore, that the manner in which the chickens depicted in the video were treated was cruel by an normal definition of the word and violated norms of conduct with respect to animal welfare and veterinary care.”