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Exposé: Hundreds of Hens Buried and Trapped in Manure in Canadian Egg Farm

Hens were housed in row upon row of wire-floored battery cages, with little space. Many had died and begun to rot inside the cages. The survivors were forced to live alongside their rotting cage-mates for days on end.


PETA:
‘A new exposé, created from footage captured by activist Jeff Rigear and others…, reveals the suffering and death of hens on three egg farms in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The activists found hundreds of dead birds—some rotting in cages alongside the living—and dozens of others barely clinging to life and even buried in manure pits below the enclosures. The activists’ findings prompted the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to raid one of the farms. An investigation is underway…

Eyewitnesses found hens housed in row upon row of wire-floored battery cages, with little space and no stimulation. This is standard practice for the egg industry in Canada… Many hens had died and begun to rot inside the cages. The survivors were forced to live alongside their rotting cage-mates for days on end. According to veterinary expert Dr. Christine Capaldo, “In my professional opinion, forcing live hens to be confined with decaying bodies would cause extreme psychological trauma, distress, and suffering; exposes live birds to disease, bacterial contamination, and harsh odors; and constitutes abuse and neglect”…

In Canada alone, around 20 million hens are being exploited for their eggs in warehouses like these. Worldwide, billions endure similar treatment… “Layer” hens are selectively bred to produce as many eggs as possible. After about two years of exploitation, they’re “spent” and their egg production declines. Many are then hauled off to slaughterhouses, where their throats are slit and their bruised and battered flesh is used to make pet food or soup’. SOURCE…

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