This morning, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a  video taken undercover at Kreider Egg Farms, a major egg producer in Pennsylvania. The living conditions in the video moved New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof to dedicate an entire column to the subject after he saw an advance copy of the footage.  His tag line was:

“Is an egg for breakfast worth this”

You can judge for yourself:

To me the inhumanity is evident, the food safety questions perhaps not so clear.  However, in my experience, food produced in conditions like these are bound to carry a greater pathogen risk.

I guess we will see another “Ag gag” law coming to a legislature near you.

  • Lance

    OK, we see the video product from HSUS. They make wonderfully convincing TV commercials too. Why are these always being made so secretly, why are they posted directly to the internet, why not bring legal charges through accepted social channels? Why should I believe anything from a lying skulking anti-agriculture scab who lies to get a job then sneaks around a workplace perverting co-workers and filming gotcha clips? Would you want this sort of creepy person working with you? I have nothing to hide but I am certain a clever activist could photoshop something to embarrass me and my co-workers. Goes to remind all of us we can never trust anyone.

  • Jennifer

    While I do believe there are some bad players out there I’ve got to agree with Lance. HSUS is a deceptive organization willing to lie, cheat and steal to further their agenda. I love chickens and raise my own for eggs. Someday I just might start my own eggs company so I know it’s done right. Not sure if I could afford it in California, but that’s another story.

  • Sam

    Thank you Lance. BTW, I have found that store brand aluminum makes a perfectly usable hat.

  • Steve

    Lance, Ignorance may be bliss, but knowledge brings power, responsibility, and choice.

    I would think posting films on the internet gets quicker reforms than 10 years of being tied up in court. That would seem a logical reason to post. Once viewed, consumers can call their congressmen to investigate. Consumers can also vote with their dollars if they choose. Because of these types of films, major industrial farm abuses have been halted. You should do a bit of research on the subject.

    Use of terms like “gotcha clips”, “creepy”, and “lying skulking anti-agriculture scab” might get the attention of simpletons, but the word choices show bias. To me, that might indicate you have an unwillingness to consider the content and the validity of the film. To each his own.

    I choose to believe the film is legitimate. Think for a second, if this was a ‘photoshoped film’, would they risk posting it? Are you aware the problems they would invite upon themselves by falsifying and posting?

    Up to 4 weeks ago, I never bothered looking at these films; I thought they were old clips still in circulation and didn’t apply to “my food”. I was also far too cozy eating a few eggs, a few nice cuts steak or chicken, and the occasional burger or bolognese sauce every week. But, my self inflicted slumber has recently been disturbed.

    Recent events were pivotal in me taking a realistic look at where our food comes from, I was disturbed at what I found. I thought these farm animals were healthy while roaming around eating on a grassy hill with plenty of room to roam. Seriously, call me naive but that was my viewpoint.

    After I found out about animal industrialization in large feedlot operations, I was stunned. After learning of the effects of feeding cows grain instead of grass, along with the problems of feedlot “factories”, I called it quits. I swore off animal products and have become a vegan. Drastic action? Yes. But…

    Physically, I feel better than I have in years; I feel clean and “uncluttered” inside. My athletic performance and strength have increased over 30% with the ability to now bike 17 hilly miles or jog 3 miles on hilly trails per day. I am also finding I now can claim something that resembles a clear conscious when I see films like this. My personal opinion is, the conditions these animals suffer under should not exist. We are human and can do much better than this.

    PS: I’m not opposed to people eating meat; to each his own.

    Also, for any cynics who get this far, my above post is my 100% true story of my recent transition to becoming a vegan in the past 4 weeks; start to finish.

  • Joe Butterweck

    I do feel sorry for the layers. Of course we are partly at fault for buying those jumbo eggs

  • JeremyScott

    Bill, I agree with you on both your points regarding the inhumanity, as well as the increased health risks. I’ve known about the inherent cruelty on factory farms for years. Intense confinement and treating living beings as if they’re nothing more than garbage, is the industry norm. Anyone who does not know this, and says HSUS is making this up, is either ignorant or pro-animal exploitation and abuse (probably both).
    To Steve, I don’t doubt your story. I went through something similar.