June 11, 2003 Washington DC, USA
In 2002, in an attempt to improve public relations and avert potential government regulation, the U.S. egg industry created the “Animal Care Certified” program. Member producers now label egg cartons with an “Animal Care Certified” logo, duping consumers into believing the eggs come from humanely treated hens when, in fact, the birds are still overcrowded in barren wire cages without any opportunity to nest, roost, dustbathe, or even flap their wings.
In May 2003, investigators from animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing visited Ise-America, an “Animal Care Certified” egg factory farm in Cecilton, Md., and documented horrific, yet standard, animal cruelty. For more information and to see photos from the investigation visit the Egg Scam website.
Labeling these eggs “Animal Care Certified” ignores science, deceives consumers, and shows that the egg industry cannot be trusted to regulate itself. On June 11, 2003, COK filed petitions with the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that the “Animal Care Certified” logo on egg cartons is false advertising and should be prohibited.
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hens in battery cages suffer their entire lives