Wegmans Cruelty: An Unofficial Blog

This is an unofficial blog and informational archive related to the WEGMANSCRUELTY film and resulting campaign.

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Wegmans News Release: 2004 Break-Ins at Wegmans Egg Farm by Animal Rights Activists

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle ran a story on Saturday, July 2, 2005 about 2004 break-ins at the Wegmans Egg Farm. A local group of animal rights activists broke into our farm, compromising the safety of our hens, and allegedly filmed video footage of hens in the laying houses. The group then reported Wegmans to authorities and asked for an investigation of animal abuse.

We fully cooperated with an investigation by the New York State police and the Wayne County District Attorney’s office, which included an assessment by a noted Cornell University veterinarian. It was determined there was no evidence of animal abuse at our farm.

This group has now released a 30-minute documentary to the media. We have serious doubts as to whether all the footage and images in the video come from our farm. In a letter to Wegmans, they profess respect for our company and say they do not wish to slander our name. Their stated objective is to use the Wegmans name to promote their documentary and their concerns about large egg farm production. They are attacking Wegmans as a farm complying with the Animal Care Certified (ACC) program. ACC is a program of science-based animal welfare standards developed for the United Egg Producers by an independent committee of animal science experts. (For more information about the ACC program, go to www.animalcarecertified.com)

Wegmans is proud of the Egg Farm. We voluntarily conform to extremely high standards and are routinely audited by federal and state agencies. We think it’s wrong to mistreat animals. In addition, the hens do not produce eggs unless they are healthy and well-cared for. Once again, after a thorough investigation by the authorities, we were not charged with animal abuse. If you have additional questions, please contact us http://www.wegmans.com/guest/index.asp by email or by phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. at 1-800 WEGMANS, ext. 4760.

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