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Truth about free-range eggs and poultry

Truth about free-range eggs and poultry

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Published by Vegan Future
A United Poultry Concerns booklet revealing the truth about free-range and cage-free poultry meat and eggs.

Be inspired to go vegan and help stop the suffering of chickens.

Download a vegan starter guide from
http://veganfuture.wordpress.com/resources/

Visit the United Poultry Concerns website
http://www.upc-online.org/freerange/
A United Poultry Concerns booklet revealing the truth about free-range and cage-free poultry meat and eggs.

Be inspired to go vegan and help stop the suffering of chickens.

Download a vegan starter guide from
http://veganfuture.wordpress.com/resources/

Visit the United Poultry Concerns website
http://www.upc-online.org/freerange/

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Published by: Vegan Future on May 23, 2011
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United Poultry Concerns, Inc.PO Box 150Machipongo, Virginia 23405(757) 678-7875info@upc-online.orgwww.upc-online.org
“The waiter said, ‘All o our chicken is ree-range.’ And I said, ‘He doesn’t look very 
 free 
there on that plate.’”– Joe Bob Briggs, “We Are the Weird”
“Free-range” evokes a positive image o chickens andturkeys living outdoors with plenty o resh air, sunshineand open space to roam in.“Cage-Free” conveys a similar impression o hens living“ree” as nature intended. What are the realities behind“ree range” and “cage-ree” labels?
“Free-Range” Poultry and Eggs
Not All Theyre Cracked Up To Be
 
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Birds raised or meat may be sold as “ree-range” i they have governmentcertied access to the outdoors. The door may be open or only ve minutesand the arm still qualies as “ree-range.” Apart rom the open door,” noother criteria such as environmental quality, number o birds, or space perbird, are included in the term “ree-range.” A government ocial said: “PlacesI’ve visited may have just a gravel yard with no alala or other vegetation.” A visitor to Polyace Farm in Virginia wrote: “I toured Polyace on a swelteringday. Chickens were in tiny cages withtin roos in the beating sun, pantinglike mad. The cages were located overmanure piles the birds were supposedto eat larvae rom. Rabbits were kept inactory-arm conditions in suspended,barren wire cages. There was no signo reedom or compassion or theseanimals.”Visitors to Springeld Farm in Sparks,Maryland reported: “The ree-rangeturkeys we saw were housed in a eld inthe reezing cold with no shelter excepta small wooden tarp-covered structureonly big enough or hal o them. Theothers huddled together shivering in the weather. The armer roughly grabbedthe turkeys by their legs and held them upside down while they fapped their wings desperately to upright themselves. That is how he carried them.”
Photo by: East Bay Animal Advocates
“Free-range organic” young turkeys with surgically mutilated beaksat Diestel Turkey Ranch, a supplier to Whole Foods.
“Free-Range” Birds Raised For Meat
 Ater 3 days without ood, birds at Polyace arestued into metal killing cones and brutally butchered, as in this picture o a terrifed “ree-range” rooster being cut to death with a knie.
 
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Free-range hens are typically debeakedas chicks at the hatchery the same asbattery-caged hens. Debeaking is apainul acial mutilation that impairs ahen’s ability to eat normally and preenher eathers. Typically, 2,000 to 20,000or more hens – each hen having onesquare oot o living space the size o asheet o paper – are conned in a shed with little or no access to the outdoors.I the hens can go outside, the exit isoten very small, allowing only theclosest hens to get out. And the range”may be nothing more than a mudyardsaturated with manure.
“Free-Range” Hens Kept for Eggs
Severed beaks in the bottomo a debeaking machine.Chick about to be debeaked at the hatchery.Debeaked chicks with bloody beaks.
“Organic” and “Certified Humane” Eggs
“Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs” in New Hampshire exemplies the misleadingmuddle o organic,” “humane,” “ree-range,” and cage-ree” advertising.Despite the “Certied Humane” logo, visitors were shocked to nd 100,000debeaked hens crowded into ve 400 t long sheds, each holding “a sea o 20,000 brown hens,” so densely crowded the foor was invisible. Though it wasa mild September day in a lush green valley, the visitors said they “couldn’t seeany hens enjoying the grass, just several large sheds that took up most o thearm.” The “range,” even i the hens had been outside, was just “a bare patch o dirt between the sheds.”

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