Yesterday Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization Compassion Over Killing (COK) held a “biohazard crew” demonstration outside the Rayburn House Office Building, during a congressional hearing into the massive recall in August involving 550 million factory-farmed eggs contaminated with salmonella.
The COK crew, donned in biohazard suits, held signs which read "Rotten Eggs from a Rotten Industry" and "Recall the Cruelty" in an effort to expose the inhumane conditions in which hundreds of millions of egg-laying hens are forced to live.
"The cruel and unsanitary conditions on egg factory farms are making hens and consumers sick," says Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing. "To make matters worse, the egg industry is hiding behind the closed doors of its factory farms and the misleading marketing schemes on its cartons. It's time for the egg industry to stop scrambling the truth."
Currently 95% of U.S. egg-laying hens are confined to crowded battery cages that are so small the birds cannot even spread their wings. The hens live in the deplorable conditions which amount to an area about the size of a piece of paper. After a year the hens are slaughtered.
To encourage consumer safety COK and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a petition calling upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the full disclosure of production methods on egg cartons, including the clear identification of "eggs from caged hens." Similar disclosures have already been implemented throughout the European Union and Australia.
Photo credit: Compassion Over Killing