Most estimates put the factory-farm-raised percentage of meat, dairy and eggs available to consumers in stores and restaurants at 98 to 99%. Even the fanciest steakhouses buy their meat from factory farms. Often organic milk and eggs come from a subsidiary of one of the big corporate giants in the factory farming industry. No farmer, independent or otherwise, can function in this highly centralized system without doing business with the devil. It is considered a necessary evil of animal agriculture today.
So what’s the big deal about eggs, you may ask. If hens are going to lay eggs anyway, what harm is there in eating them? The only way to truly answer this question is to go behind the scenes of commercial egg production and see for yourself what it takes to produce millions upon millions of eggs for companies big (like McDonald’s) and small (like the corner diner). It will only take a few moments of watching undercover video footage of these facilities to conclude that the most appalling conditions exist here with no regulatory oversight and the abusive treatment of birds is routine with now animal cruelty laws to protect them, thanks to intensive lobbying of the poultry industry.
The new MFA investigation, McDonald’s Cruelty: The Rotten Truth About Egg McMuffins, contains hidden-camera footage, taken at Sparboe Egg Farm facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado, revealing:
- Hens crammed into filthy wire cages with less space for each bird than a standard-sized sheet of paper to live her entire miserable life, unable to fully stretch her wings or engage in most other natural behaviors
- Workers burning off the beaks of young chicks without any painkillers and callously throwing them into cages, some missing the cage doors and hitting the floor
- Rotted hens, decomposed beyond recognition as birds, left in cages with hens still laying eggs for human consumption
- A worker tormenting a bird by swinging her around in the air while her legs were caught in a grabbing device – violence described as “torture” by another worker
- Chicks trapped and mangled in cage wire – others suffering from open wounds and torn beaks
- Live chicks thrown into plastic bags to be suffocated
Stay tuned for an update tomorrow on McDonald’s and Target’s reaction to the investigation.