Exposing the Big Game

For 15 days in February 2010, an HSUS investigator worked inside 3 factory farms owned by Rose Acre Farms, the country’s 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, then cramming them into gassing carts where they're killed with carbon dioxide. Prolapsed uteruses: Hens suffer from "blow-outs" that go unnoticed and untreated due to the cage crowding. Trapped birds unable to reach food and water: Battery cages can trap hens by their wings, necks, legs, and feet in the wire, causing other birds to trample the weakened animals, usually resulting in a slow, painful death. High mortality in layer and pullet sheds: The HSUS investigator pulled dead young hens, some of them mummified (meaning they'd been rotting in the cages for weeks), from cages every day. Failure to maintain manure pits: According to one worker, the manure pit under a pullet shed had not been cleaned in two years. Rose Acre workers claimed that some hens are blinded because of excessive ammonia levels. Abandoned hens: Some hens manage to escape from their cages and fall into the manure pits below. Keywords: Chicken, Animal Abuse, Animal Cruelty, Caged Farm Animals, Cruel Confinement of Farm Animals, Campaigns, Factory Farming, Farm Animal Welfare, Investigations, Protect Farm Animals For 15 days in February 2010, an HSUS investigator worked inside 3 factory farms owned by Rose Acre Farms, the country’s 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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