Humane Scty: Egg firms fix prices, mask cruelty
Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:01pm EDT
WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The Humane Society of the United States asked for a federal investigation into price fixing and false advertising to hide cruelty on factory farms where most of the nation's eggs are produced, the animal rights group said on Wednesday.
The United Egg Producers, which the Humane Society said represents 95 percent of domestic egg production, worked to push up domestic egg prices and push competitors out of the marketplace, said the group, which asked the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to investigate its allegations.
The Humane Society also accused the egg producers of creating animal husbandry guidelines that work to "maintain the materially false and misleading impression that egg-laying hens are confined under 'humane and ethical' conditions." Read More
The concept that HSUS would be suing for price fixing when they are the main driver behind the proposition that could send egg prices through the roof seems unbelievable to me. HSUS knows full well that their efforts to further regulate the livestock industry will make our products more expensive and out of reach for those on limited budgets. The main reason for the complaints that HSUS has been filing against their opponents in the Prop 2 vote, is that they are trying to bully them around. They will use whatever tactics they can to win this vote, and so far their main tactic has been to make false allegations about the egg producers in California.