Wegmans Food Markets is a 68-store family-owned supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Founded in 1916, the company was named the top company to work for by Fortune magazine in 2005. But for the thousands of forced-laboring hens owned by the company, Wegmans ranks at the bottom. Footage obtained by an investigative team from the Rochester, New York-based advocacy group Compassionate Consumers and turned into the half-hour film Wegmans Cruelty (available from UPC in DVD format for $10 and on the web at Wegmanscruelty.com) reveals shockingly sick and suffering hens trapped in Wegmans’ filthy, manure-encrusted cages.
Urge Wegmans to replace the use of battery cages at their egg facilities with cage-free housing for the hens who lay eggs for their stores. “Cage-free” housing is far from humane but it is much less inhumane than battery cages. Point out that grocery chains such as Whole Foods Market, Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Jimbo’s Naturally, and Earth Fare have discontinued sales of eggs from caged birds and that Trader Joe’s converted all of its private brand eggs – more than 100 million per year – to cage-free. As well, more than 75 universities to date have either totally eliminated or are phasing out their use of eggs from caged birds.
Wegmans Foods Markets, Inc.
c/o Jo Natale, Public Relations
1500 Brooks Avenue
PO Box 30844
Rochester, NY 14603-0844
Customer Affairs: 1-800-WEGMANS (934-6267)