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McDonald's, Target drop egg supplier after animal cruelty report
By Dana Ford, CNN
updated 5:26 PM EST, Sat November 19, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* The activist group Mercy for Animals releases undercover video shot at Sparboe Farms
* The egg supplier says the footage depicts acts "completely at odds with our values"
* The FDA finds "serious violations" at five of the company's production facilities
* The egg industry has been a frequent target of animal rights groups

(CNN) -- McDonald's and Target dropped an egg supplier this week after an activist group released disturbing video showing what it says shows animal cruelty at three of the company's barns.

The undercover video, released by Mercy for Animals, was allegedly shot between May and August at facilities run by Sparboe Farms in Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota. It shows hens crammed in crowded cages, workers burning beaks and one, trying to shove a bird inside the pocket of a co-worker, apparently for fun. Another worker presses his thumb against the back of a chick's neck until it breaks.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/19/busine...RSS%3A+U.S.%29

Wait...Target and McDonald's did this voluntarily?
 

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It seemed to me though that what McDonalds was primarily concerned about was the abuses that were NOT just a part of the system. (Like the small cages and burning their beaks off) I have a feeling that same system is in place at other suppliers.
 

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I have a feeling that same system is in place at other suppliers.
Abuses like that are typical on every single factory farm.

And people who say they aren't - well, put cameras in them and people can monitor them from the net. But that will never happen. The industry is trying hard to shut down transparency because every single factory farm looks like that.
 

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Simply a business decision. Bad publicity... avoid it. As long as McDonalds and other companies can claim ignorance of what is going on they will continue business as usual, once it is known that they know this type of stuff is going on at a particular suppler they'll cut the ties with them and continue to claim ignorance about the rest of the suppliers.
 
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