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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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

OVER 50 ACTIVISTS FROM ACROSS NEW YORK TO DEMONSTRATE AT WEGMANS CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

Rochester, NY (November 15, 2005) – This Friday over 50 activists from across New York State will gather at Wegmans Corporate Headquarters in Rochester. Carloads of people will arrive from Ithaca, Syracuse, Buffalo, as well as around the Rochester area. Demonstrators will hold signs reading “Wegmans Hens Deserve Better” and “Wegmans Go Cage-Free”, as well as poster-size full color photographs from within Wegmans Egg Farm in Woclott, NY. The activists are asking the company to phase out the cruel use of battery cages at its egg facility.

Date: Friday, 18 November
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Place: Wegmans Corporate Headquarters, 1500 Brooks Ave., Rochester, NY

Wegmans has continually denied that it mistreats animals at its egg farm. Yet a recent update to the company’s website states that University of California at Davis professor Dr. Joy Mench is being consulted by the company to make recommendations for improvements at Wegmans Egg Farm. Activists want Wegmans to know that they are asking that this consultation lead to real improvements in the lives of the hens at the company’s facility.

“We want the decision-makers at Wegmans to know we won’t go away until they phase out these cruel cages,” said Rochester activist Nicole Matthews. “And we hope to inform many employees as to what is really going on at the company’s egg facility.”

Last year Rochester-based 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.

In recent months, screenings of “Wegmans Cruelty” in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse have attracted hundreds of people. In September a screening of the film at The Little Theatres in downtown Rochester attracted 128 people to the famed venue. Last month the Rochester Institute of Technology premiere of the film drew 135 people.

National organizations have taken notice of the campaign. 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 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 markets, Whole Foods and Wild Oats, decided to go cage-free. And just last week, organic food chain Trader Joe's agreed to make its own brand of eggs 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.

For more information visit: www.WegmansCruelty.com

Contacts:
Ryan Merkley, 585-410-0773, ryan@compassionateconsumers.org
Shawn DeLeo, 315-491-4699, ffurter469@aol.com

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