Wegmans Cruelty: An Unofficial Blog

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Friday, September 30, 2005

ACTIVISTS IN FOUR STATES TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST WEGMANS

Local Group Coordinates Weekend of Action Against Company

Contact:Ryan Merkley, 585-410-0773, ryan@compassionateconsumers.org

Rochester, NY (September 29, 2005) – Rochester-based consumer advocacy group Compassionate Consumers will hold a demonstration this Saturday, asking Wegmans to stop cruel practices at the company’s egg farm. The demonstration will be part of a Wegmans Weekend of Action, bringing together hundreds of activists in ten cities from Buffalo to Baltimore. The demonstrations will coincide with Sunday’s opening of the newest Wegmans store in Hunt Valley, MD. The groups involved are asking Wegmans to stop the inhumane use of battery cages on its Wolcott, NY egg farm and to join the University of Rochester in going cage-free. Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, is a Senior Trustee at UR.

Date: Saturday, 1 OctoberTime: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Place: Wegmans, 3195 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY

Recently Compassionate Consumers led an investigation at Wegmans Egg Farm, where the group found widespread evidence of egregious cruelty to animals. Investigators found hens covered with feces and open sores, birds forced to sleep atop decomposed corpses, beak mutilations, and hens drowning in liquid manure. Their 27-minute documentary "Wegmans Cruelty" contains video footage of their findings. Released this summer, the film has generated consumer outrage nationwide.

“What Wegmans is doing at its egg farm is simply appalling,” says Baltimore-area resident Erin Marcus. “These battery cages are simply too cruel for any socially conscious company to support.”

National organizations have also taken notice of the cruelty at Wegmans Egg Farm. In July, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal welfare organization, urged Wegmans to phase out battery cages and discontinue the use of misleading egg advertising. The HSUS also noted that some of Wegmans' largest competitors have already stopped selling battery-cage eggs. This year alone two of the nation’s three largest organic food chains, Whole Foods and Wild Oats decided to go cage free.

Compassionate Consumers is a Rochester-based organization dedicated to providing the public with information about the treatment of animals on farms and at slaughter. The group is calling for a boycott of battery cage eggs. For more information visit: www.WegmansCruelty.com

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