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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Wegmans' egg farm trial begins

By JIM MILLER

Finger Lakes Times

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

LYONS - Jury selection was set to begin in Wayne County Court this morning in the case against Adam Durand, one of the animal rights activists who allegedly broke into Wegmans' egg farm in Wolcott.

Durand, 26, a member of the Rochester-based group Compassionate Consumers, was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony.

Compassionate Consumers acknowledges on its Web site that they entered the egg farm in 2004, and they've accused Wegmans of treating the animals there cruelly. The activists removed nine hens from the farm, animals they said were sick and in need of care.

District Attorney Richard Healy, however, has said he found no evidence of cruel treatment, and Wegmans' whose officials have defended conditions at the farm, decided to press charges against the group.

Compassionate Consumers, established in 2004, advocates for better treatment of animals used to produce food.

On their Web site, the group sells and offers for free download a video that it says documents the poor conditions at the Wolcott farm. Wegmans representatives, however, have questioned whether all of the video was shot at their facility.

The case has attracted national coverage, including an article in The New York Times.

A crew from ABC News' Primetime visited the area last month to shoot interviews for a segment on the investigation, originally set to air April 13. But an interview with Tom Cruise was instead broadcast that night, and no new air date has been announced.

jmiller@fltimes.com

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