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(US) Maine egg farm is accused of mistreating its hens

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    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
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      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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      full story:
      http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20090401-NEWS-90401061

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