Hatchery Investigation Shines International Spotlight on Egg Industry Cruelty

HyLineSexer1.jpgOn Tuesday, MFA broke its most recent undercover investigation – exposing chicks being thrown, dropped, hung, mutilated without painkillers, and ground-up alive at the world’s largest egg industry hatchery.

Following the release of the undercover footage to the Associated Press, and three news conferences in Iowa, the shocking video depicting male chicks being torn apart in a massive grinder has made headlines around the world. From Cleveland to China, Australia to Austin, consumers worldwide have been given an eye-opening look into the cruel and violent truth behind the modern egg industry. Over a million people have logged onto YouTube to view the heart- wrenching hidden camera footage – making it yesterday’s #2 most “viral” video on the entire Internet.

Here is a quick round-up of some of the over 500 news stories on MFA’s investigation – which has put farmed animal cruelty on center stage and brought the discussion of the egg industry’s best kept secret – that over 200 million “useless” male chicks are killed each year – into the public consciousness.

Newspaper Coverage:

Chicks Ground Up Alive at Egg Hatchery
Time Magazine

Animal rights group video shows unwanted male chicks ground up alive at Iowa egg hatchery
Los Angeles Times

Video Shows Chicks Ground Up Alive at Egg Hatchery
New York Times

Chicks Being Ground Up Alive Video
The Huffington Post

Chicks ‘ground alive’ by poultry producer
The Australian

Video highlights egg industry’s practice of killing male chicks
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Baby chicks ground up alive: animal rights video goes viral

Baby chicks ground alive by poultry producer: activists
Mercy for Animals uncovers baby chick abuse

Chicks ‘ground alive’ by poultry producer

Baby chicks ground alive

Baby chicks ‘torn to pieces’ while alive

Baby chicks ground alive by poultry producer, claim activists
USA FoodWeek

Video Shows Price of Cheap Eggs: Chicks Ground Up Alive
Best Syndication

Video shows chicks tossed alive into grinder
Dallas Morning News

Hatchery Grounds Chicks Alive, Says Mercy For Animals
The Inquisitr

Television News Coverage:

Video shows live chicks dumped in grinder

Video Shows Cruel Treatment of Baby Chickens

Video Shows Chicks Ground Up Alive at Egg Hatchery
FOX News

Animal Rights Group Accuses Hatchery Of Cruelty To Animals

Animal Rights Group Accusing IA Company of Grinding Up Live Chicks

Undercover Video Shows Cruelty In Egg Hatchery

Video Shows Hatchery Grinding Chick Alive

Group Accuses Iowa Hatchery Of Mistreatment

Undercover Video Alleges Animal Cruelty at NW Iowa Hatchery

Radio Coverage:

Video shows chicks ground up alive at egg hatchery

Group claims animal cruelty at Spencer hatchery
Iowa Radio

Blog Coverage:

Undercover Egg Industry Investigation Shows Chicks Ground Up Alive

New Investigation Exposes the Horrors of Egg Production
Striking at the Roots

Graphic Undercover Video of Male Chicks Killed in Hatchery
Opposing Views

Hy-Line hatcheries, industry gold
Animal Place

Such far-reaching outrage over the standard and acceptable egg industry practice of grinding up fully conscious chicks, shows how important farmed animal protection issues are to the vast majority of Americans. Hopefully this investigation will serve as a wake-up call to compassionate consumers nationwide, prompting many to ditch eggs and enjoy the many delicious vegan alternatives instead.