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Shocking Egg-Farm Film Reignites Animal Debate

Humane Society video sparks new battle with farmers

By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User

Posted Apr 8, 2010 3:30 AM CDT | Updated Apr 8, 2010 5:44 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A video showing chickens being slammed into metal crates has reignited a battle between the Humane Society and farmers. The footage, shot by an undercover Humane Society volunteer, shows chickens held in battery cages over enormous manure pits and chickens being violently shoved into a euthanizing chamber. "We're asking they not be crammed into cages and crates barely larger than their bodies," says a society rep.

Inspired by California's 2008 animal welfare bill, Proposition Two, the animal welfare group has launched a campaign to change the way livestock is raised in America. It's having an impact: Wendy's, Sonic Corp, IHOP and Applebees have all switched to cage-free eggs. But farmers are fighting back, says the Los Angeles Times. They're campaigning hard to end the Humane Society's "extreme anti-animal agenda," said an industry spokesman.

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