Video shows chicks ground up alive at egg hatchery
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER (AP) – 20 hours ago
WASHINGTON — An animal rights group is calling on the nation's largest grocery story chains to post warnings on egg cartons that unwanted male chicks are ground up alive, after videotaping the common industry practice at an Iowa egg hatchery.
In letters sent to the companies this week, Chicago-based Mercy for Animals says its undercover videotape at Hy-Line North America's hatchery in Spencer, Iowa, "exposes one of the industry's best kept secrets — that the egg industry tears male chicks' bodies apart in grinding machines while they are still alive."
The group wants the chains to include a label on egg cartons that says, "Warning: Male chicks are ground-up alive by the egg industry." The letters were sent to 50 chains, including Walmart, Whole Foods, Safeway, Harris Teeter and Trader Joe's.
"The violence that you will see is standard and acceptable within the egg industry, and consumers have a right to know about this cruelty so that they can make informed and compassionate purchasing decisions," wrote Mercy for Animals' executive director, Nathan Runkle.
A spokesman for United Egg Producers, a trade group for U.S. egg farmers, called the proposal "almost a joke." Spokesman Mitch Head said Mercy for Animals had no credible authority, as well as questionable motives. "This is a group which espouses no egg consumption by anyone — so that is clearly their motive." The video does in fact end with a call for people to adopt a vegan diet, which eliminates all animal products — meat, eggs or dairy. Read More
Even though it’s not a pretty process, the euthanization process that is featured in the undercover video has been approved by veterinarians and scientists alike. But there is a bigger issue here. When a company hires someone and trains them in their handling policies, they expect that employee will do their job. So when they hire one of these undercover animal rights activists and they are more concerned about getting video footage rather than their job, things might go wrong. The video shows some chicks that fell off the conveyor belt, but if the undercover worker wasn’t doing the job he was hired for, then it might have been his fault. The other issue is that this group isn’t calling for any type of change in handling practices, they are calling for everyone to become vegans. That is their main goal, the elimination of animals from our lives. If you look at this video through that perspective, then their “investigation” doesn’t hold much water.