Great news from the wonderful saints at Mercy For Animals (MFA)! MFA has been fighting battles on numerous fronts to end animal cruelty. One of its most significant struggles has been to stop the cruelty at Quality Egg of New England. MFA conducted extensive undercover investigations of Quality Egg's plant in Maine. The footage shot by MFA investigators is deeply disturbing. I've posted it here. Have a look if you can stomach it. And please, please, please keep in mind that what you see here is Standard Operating Procedure in the egg industry.
I'm pleased to report, Blog Pals, that it seems MFA's efforts are paying off.
As MFA's founder Nathan Runkle writes:
On Monday, June 7, 2010, as part of a landmark civil settlement announced in Lewiston, Maine District Court, Quality Egg of New England (QENE), the largest egg producer in New England, pleaded guilty to 10 civil counts of cruelty to animals, and agreed to pay over $130,000 in fines and restitutions, as well as hand over authority to the state of Maine to conduct announced inspections of the factory farm for the next five years. (Source)
What a great victory! MFA has done so much tremendous work - and it's all so, so important. Please visit their Website to see some of the other wonderful things they're doing to help end animal cruelty. This is another perfect example of great people who are making a difference.