Cal-Maine Hen Abuses

HSUS releases an investigation uncovering abuses at Cal-Maine egg producer farms.


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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released an undercover investigation into the largest egg producer in the US, Cal-Maine. The investigation, which took place at Cal-Maine’s factory egg farm in Waelder, Texas, found multiple abuses of egg-laying hens and food-safety violations. The farm uses battery cages, creating both suffering for the hens and an increased risk of Salmonella. Earlier this November, Cal-Maine recalled 250,000 eggs due to suspected Salmonella. “Time and again, we’ve found that these massive facilities caging hundreds of thousands of animals do not properly care for the birds or safeguard our food supply,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS. “It’s time for the egg industry to embrace cage-free housing systems and move away from battery-cage confinement methods.”

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