May 2009 Archives

In 2004 Ohio Fresh Eggs, the states largest factory farm, made headlines when MFA exposed egregious animal cruelty at the battery-cage facility. Today the facility is in the spotlight again, this time for violating environmental laws.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Ohio Fresh Eggs pleaded guilty this week to clean water violations and will pay $300,000 for the illegal water pollution. The farm has 12 production facilities located in Northwest and Central Ohio. Approximately three million egg laying hens are confined at the facility cited for the violation.

The EPA said in a statement Tuesday that water from egg washing at the farm wound up in a ditch that runs into a creek in March 2007. The government says the egg wash water contains broken eggs, soap and manure.

Ohio Fresh Eggs, formally known as Buckeye Egg Farm, has a sordid history of violating environmental standards, sexual harassment of workers, and cruelty to animals. The facility even has ties with Austin "Jack" DeCoster, the infamous businessman behind Quality Egg of New England - the facility recently raided by state officials following an MFA undercover investigation.

Below is a photo take inside Ohio Fresh Eggs.

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Activists with MFA were out in full force this weekend at Chicago's premiere environmental extravaganza, Green Festival!  We educated the thousands of attendees from the eco-conscious community about the link between animal agriculture and environmental destruction and the benefits of a compassionate and eco-friendly plant-based diet.  At our exhibit we offered free Vegetarian Starter Kits, Compassionate Living magazines, sold MFA T-shirts and showed the ever powerful Meet Your Meat video.

The response was wonderful--we heard encouraging words form long-time vegetarians who thanked us for being there and met new people curious about how they can change their lives to protect both animals and our environment.


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Hundreds of animal, health, and environmental vegetarian advocates celebrated the second annual New York City Veggie Pride Parade yesterday, including a strong showing by Mercy For Animals members. Check out these photos from the MFA block of the parade:

The upbeat event drew attendees from across the country and featured the participation of such organizations as Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, United Poultry Concerns, and The Humane Society of the United States.

In addition to the NYC Parade, this year LA held it's first Veggie Pride Parade - yet another indication of the rapid growth of the pro-veg movement.

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3pigsincrates_228.jpgOn May 13, Maine Governor John Baldacci signed landmark legislation banning two of the cruelest and most abusive factory farming confinement methods in the state - veal crates and gestation crates.

Effective January 1, 2011, the new law prohibits the use of the restrictive devices which confine baby calves raised for veal, and pregnant breeding pigs. The crates typically measure a mere two feet wide and are so narrow that the animal is unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably. Deprived, stressed, and bored out of their minds, the calves and pigs unfortunate enough to spend their entire lives in such crates often go insane from the lack of freedom and mental stimulation.

The landmark passage of this bill makes Maine the sixth state in the nation to ban gestation crates - following Florida, California, Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado.

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Whether fried or grilled, chickens raised and killed for KFC restaurants lead lives filled with pain and suffering. On May 8th, members of Mercy For Animals gather outside Harpo Studios in Chicago to protest Oprah's promotion of KFC's grilled chicken, and inform consumers that before reaching KFC buckets, 800 millions chickens are crowded by the tens of thousands into filthy, ammonia-filled sheds, bred and drugged to grow so large and fast that many suffer from leg and heart problems, are violently thrown into crates, then have their throats slit while still alive at the slaughterhouse. 

Compassionate eaters can take a stand against such blatant animal cruelty by boycotting KFC and adopting a healthy and humane vegetarian diet.

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Vegan baking whiz Sangeeta Kumar, host of MFA's popular, has just release a new video outlining easy and healthy vegan substitutes for baking without eggs. See how common household ingredients such as bananas, tofu, flax seeds, and other foods can be used as alternatives to eggs in cookies, cakes, muffins, and other baked good recipes.

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A diverse group of animal advocates give a united voice to the founding ethics that drive the work of Mercy For Animals. 

Watch the video, then promote to friends and family on blogs, FaceBook, Myspace, Twitter.

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A must-see news report on the role intensive factory farming has with swine flu.

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You've been hearing a lot about MFA's latest undercover investigation at New England's largest factory egg farm, were our hidden camera video documented birds crammed in tiny cages, live birds being thrown into trash cans, workers swing birds around by their necks then kicking them into manure pits, and dead hens left to rot in cages with birds still producing eggs for human consumption.

MFA's evidence lead to a raid on the factory farm by state police and the Maine Department of Agriculture.

Now, new details are emerging about the raid, including information about state investigators falling ill from exposure to ammonia fumes.

According to a recent article in the Lewiston Sun Journal newspaper:

Four workers from the Maine Department of Agriculture were treated by doctors when they became ill after investigating animal-cruelty allegations at a Turner egg farm last week, state officials said Friday.

"After the raid, four employees felt burning in the nose and eyes, coughing, tightness of breath, and they sought medical attention for ammonia exposure," said David Farmer, deputy chief of staff for Gov. John Baldacci.

If simply investigating a factory farm for eight hours can lead to such a condition, one can only imagine the health issues such a filthy environment could cause for the millions of animals who are forced to live in the facility each and every day.

An excellent new article by Martha Rosenberg takes a deeper look at this issue.

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Each year over 9 billion farmed animals meet their cruel, merciless deaths on the kill floors of our nation's slaughterhouses. The number is staggering, depressing, and nearly unimaginable...until now.

Animal Visuals
, which creates groundbreaking visuals for animal advocates, has just release a shocking new resources which visually illustrates the raw number of chickens, pigs, and cows annually in the United States.

Take a look for yourself, then consider putting an end to the rising death toll by adopting a compassionate vegetarian diet.

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In February 2009, Mercy For Animals teamed up with Compassion Over Killing and the Animal victory-chicken.jpgProtection & Rescue League as well as compassionate consumers everywhere to urge BOCA to stop using eggs in its products. We're excited to announce that less than two months after was launched, the company announced that it is indeed going to stop using eggs!

A company spokesperson announced on March 18:

"I am pleased to let you know the BOCA brand will be eliminating eggs in all of its products by the end of this year. We anticipate all BOCA products will be egg free in 2010."
Please take a minute to thank Boca, by sending an email to, for making this compassionate decision!

Approximately 95% of eggs produced in the U.S. come from hens confined inside barren wire battery cages so restrictive, the birds can barely even move, let alone engage in many of their most natural behaviors including spreading their wings, perching, or walking. Battery-caged hens are typically provided with a meager 67 square inches of space in which to live-that's less floor space than the size of one sheet of notebook paper. Click here for more information about the horrors of egg factory farms.

Thank you to BOCA, and to all of you who joined in our campaign and helped bring about this victory for animals

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