For 15 days in February 2010, an HSUS investigator worked inside 3 factory farms owned by Rose Acre Farms, the countrys second-largest egg producer. These facilities, located in Winterset, Stuart, and Guthrie Center, Iowa, confine nearly four million laying hens and about one million young hens (pullets). At the Guthrie Center location, battery cages are stacked eight high and hold more than two million birds. At the Stuart and Winterset locations, battery cages are stacked four high. This investigation revealed the below findings.
Broken bones: Workers roughly yank young hens (pullets) from their cages in the growing sheds and load them into mobile cages for transport to battery cages, resulting in a mass of twisted bodies.
Extremely rough handling: The HSUS investigator videotaped workers pulling young hens from the mobile cages and stuffing them into battery cages.
Cruel depopulation methods: The HSUS investigator documented workers grabbing hens by their legs…
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