In 2002, in an attempt to improve public relations and avert potential government regulation, the U.S. egg industry created the Animal Care Certified program. Member producers now label egg cartons with an Animal Care Certified logo, duping consumers into believing the eggs come from humanely treated hens when, in fact, the birds are still overcrowded in barren wire cages without any opportunity to nest, roost, dustbathe, or even flap their wings.
In May 2003, investigators from animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing visited Ise-America, an Animal Care Certified egg factory farm in Cecilton, Md., and documented horrific, yet standard, animal cruelty. To see photos from the investigation click here.
Labeling these eggs Animal Care Certified ignores science, deceives consumers, and shows that the egg industry cannot be trusted to regulate itself. On June 11, 2003, COK filed petitions with the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that the Animal Care Certified logo on egg cartons is false advertising and should be prohibited.
The UEP Animal Care Certified guidelines:
- Allow birds to be confined in cages so tightly they cannot even flap their wings.
- Do not prohibit starving hens to shock their bodies into another egg-laying cycle, a common practice in the U.S. egg industry, which even McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendys have prohibited for their suppliers.
- Do not prohibit the beak trimming of chicks, a common industry practice where part of the beak of an unanesthetized bird is seared off with a hot blade, causing acute and lasting pain.
For more information visit http://www.eggscam.com/
and then tell your friends.