Dear United Egg Producers:
Please help end the use of cruel cages in the egg industry by making your cage-free certification the only UEP certification.
I just saw video footage of horrific animal abuse at a UEP-certified egg producer—Shady Brae Farms. What I saw made me sick to my stomach: hens suffering from open wounds, bleeding prolapses, and extreme feather loss; dead birds rotting in cages with live birds still laying eggs for human consumption; and hundreds of thousands of hens crammed in wire cages so small the animals could barely move for nearly their entire lives.
The blatant animal abuse documented at this egg factory farm is the stuff of nightmares.
Confining hens in cages is so cruel that California and Michigan have banned the practice. Massachusetts and Rhode Island are currently considering similar bans.
Additionally, leading food retailers, such as Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, Costco, and Target, and nearly 100 other retailers, restaurants, foodservice companies, and food manufacturers have pledged to switch to cage-free eggs. Even McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway have demanded their egg suppliers stop cramming hens into cages.
When will UEP listen to consumers who care about animal welfare and mandate its certified member farms go cage-free?