Illustration by Nigel Burroughs
"In fact, we used a great deal of information
from your website and work."
- Wesleyan Environmental Organizers Network to United Poultry
On April 27 the Wesleyan Student Assembly of Wesleyan University
in Middletown, Connecticut passed a resolution to eliminate cruelly-produced
eggs from the campus grocery store WEShop. The resolution makes
Wesleyan the first American University to say No to the cruelties
of factory egg production, in which hens are stuffed in wire cages
in filthy buildings, debeaked, and starved for up to three weeks
in the vicious practice known as forced molting.
"For students to be able to remove battery eggs from any
campus, absolutely it's progress," UPC President Karen Davis
told the Hartford Courant (5/4/03).
Become the next campus to get rid of battery eggs. For more information
on the Wesleyan campaign, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/warn/eon
Animal Cruelty Certified
The industry trade group United Egg Producers (UEP) is worried
by the Wesleyan resolution, noting that the message about cruel
factory farming "is everywhere in newspapers, television
and websites." According to UEP's June 18 newsletter and
Feedstuffs (7/7/03), "Animal activist groups such
as PETA, United Poultry Concerns, Compassion Over Killing, Mercy
for Animals, Humane Society of the U.S. and others are leading
the campaign against the egg industry."
In June, Compassion Over Killing launched a website www.eggscam.com
to discredit UEP's false "Animal Care Certified" program
and battery-egg carton "Animal Care Certified" logo.
COK changed the logo to "Animal Cruelty Certified" and
filed petitions with the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and
Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture alleging
that the "Animal Care Certified" logo on egg cartons
is false advertising and should be prohibited.
Eat vegan, write letters to the editor, AND urge the egg industry's
trade group to set welfare standards eliminating cages, crowding,
debeaking, and forced molting. Request a written reply.
Albert E. Pope, President
United Egg Producers
1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 320
Alpharetta, GA 30005