Wegmans Cruelty: An Unofficial Blog

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

Please see that page for more information.

Monday, July 31, 2006

WEEKLY WEGMANS WEDNESDAY WHAMMY!

Each city working on the campaign for the Wegmans hens (www.WegmansCruelty.com) is assigned a different day of the week to generate calls to Wegmans, and Wednesdays belong to Baltimore!

Wegmans is still keeping hens in tiny battery cages without enough room to spread their wings. The company has refused to set up a meeting with activists, and has not responded to two letters from the Humane Society of the United States offering to help them eliminate battery cages. Wegmans needs to be called on this behavior!!

So if everyone could please take a few minutes each Wednesday to call Wegmans, that would be a huge help. Please use a few minutes of your lunch break or coffee break to call Wegmans and speak out for the hens:

To reach Wegmans call 1-800-WEGMANS. Press 1 to enter an extension. Enter 4760 and the # key for Consumer Affairs. You can give your comments to a Consumer Affairs representative, or ask to speak with CEO Danny Wegman. Consumer Affairs representatives are no longer saying they will take messages for Danny Wegman, however there is still no harm in asking to do so.

Comments can be brief and to the point , for example: "Please follow the lead of several of your competitors and eliminate battery cages from your egg farm. Until Wegmans stops keeping hens in battery cages, I will buy eggs elsewhere[if you buy eggs]." The fact that Wegmans sells some eggs from cage-free farms is no excuse for keeping 750,000 birds cramped in tiny battery cages on its own farm. You may also let Wegmans know that you want them to meet with the Humane Society of the United States about improving conditions on the farm. Thanks!

For anyone who is new to the Wegmans campaign, the effort to eliminate battery cages from Wegmans Egg Farm was initiated by Rochester, NY-based Compassionate Consumers (CC). The Baltimore Animal Rights Coalition (BARC) joined the campaign when a Wegmans grocery store opened in Hunt Valley, Maryland in October 2005. Over the past months we have worked closely with Compassionate Consumers as part of a multi-city effort for the hens on Wegmans Egg Farm. CC Activist and filmmaker Adam Durand was sentenced to a six month jail sentence for his part in filming conditions on Wegmans Egg Farm; he is currently free pending his appeal. Compassionate Consumers' film Wegmans Cruelty can be viewed at www.wegmanscruelty.com. Please visit http://wegmanscruelty.blogspot.com/ for the latest news on the campaign and Adam.

Adam's case continues to garner a great deal of media attention for the factory farm conditions he exposed. Defense funds are sorely needed for his appeal; you can donate via PayPal at www.wegmanscruelty.com or send checks to:

Compassionate Consumers
PO Box 18552
Rochester, NY 14618

UPCOMING EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND: WEGMANS DEMONSTRATION

DEMAND THAT WEGMANS GO CAGE-FREE
WHERE: Intersection in front of Wegmans of Hunt Valley (median strips)
122 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD (Near York and Shawan Road)
WHEN: To be announced. Please contact BARCtivist Stew at stewlyons@aol.com for the details.

Signs and literature provided. BARC events are open to everyone, regardless of whether you've come out before, so new people please feel welcome to attend. Thank you!

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