Egg Farm Managers Fire Back At Animal Rights Organization
April 7, 2009 Reported By: Susan Sharon
Managers of a commercial egg farm in Turner are firing back against the animal rights organization that secretly planted an investigator at their operation. They're accusing the man, who was hired in December, of breaking a state law that prohibits acting as a paid investigator without a license. The farm is also hoping to move beyond the allegations of animal cruelty made by the undercover worker.
For nearly a week now, Bob LeClerc's telephone has been ringing off the hook. LeClerc is the compliance manager for the former DeCoster Egg Farm now collectively known as Maine Contract Farming and Quality Egg of New England. Ever since the vegan animal rights group Mercy For Animals released undercover video allegedly showing hens being spun by the neck, kicked into manure pits and left to die in the trash, LeClerc and his bosses have been under pressure to defend their practices and their livelihoods. They're also going on the offensive.
"An old Maine term is bamboozled," LeClerc says. "We were indeed bamboozled by this particular individual."
The Mercy for Animals investigator was hired by Maine Contract Farming in December. But LeClerc says at the time he never presented any credentials as such. Maine law says it is a crime to act as a paid investigator without a license. And the farm is hoping state officials will hold Mercy for Animals accountable for this lapse. Read More
Regardless of what really happened at this farm, the damage is already done. However, the interesting part of this article is that even though Mercy for Animals is claiming that this egg farm is guilty of breaking animal cruelty laws, apparently they may have broken the law as well. It falls in line with ideology of these groups that they are above the law and will do anything necessary to end animal agriculture.