(US) Maine egg farm is accused of mistreating its hens
- TURNER, Maine (AP) — New England's largest egg farm is being
investigated after allegations of animal cruelty, including too many
hens stuffed in cages.
The state Department of Agriculture searched Quality Egg of New
England LLC on Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson
said. Prosecutors will investigate before deciding if charges will be
filed, he said.
The farm says it has more than 4 million laying hens and delivers more
than 65,000 cases of farm-fresh brown and white eggs to customers in
the Northeast each week.
The Department of Agriculture was alerted to potential problems at the
former DeCoster Egg Farm by Mercy for Animals, an animal welfare
organization with offices in Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago.
The organization obtained video and photos from an undercover
investigator who was hired at the egg farm and documented the
conditions of the egg-laying hens during the six weeks he worked
there, said Nathan Runkle, the group's executive director.
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