Equality presents a new investigation into two organic farms revealing shocking
scenes of extreme animal suffering. The organization shows the terrible
reality of hens exploited for their eggs. Animal Equality investigators
visited two farms in Northern Germany on March 2015. Both of the farms investigated
held up to 30,000 egg-laying hens.
of the farms supplies eggs to “Deutsche Frühstücksei GmbH”,
Germany’s largest egg producer’s and also one of Europe’s
biggest egg producers. “Deutsche Frühstücksei GmbH”
supplies all of Germany’s leading retail chains and supermarkets.
Eiprodukte GmbH & Co. KG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of “Deutsche
Frühstücksei GmbH”, is one of the leading producers and
distributors of eggs in both the German and international market.
taken by Animal Equality shows:
ten thousand animals living in a barn amongst dirt, dust and faeces.
- Dead animals laying between others who are still alive
- The majority of the hens have only a few feathers left due to stress-induced
- Lack of hygiene leading to daily inflammation and other injuries.
and chickens are sensitive animals who suffer greatly due to the egg industry.
Mother hens are deeply affectionate and caring. Baby chicks start communicating
with their mothers while they are still inside the egg.
like the these, chickens and hens watch members of their own specie die
in front of them. Mother hens never get a chance to raise their young and
watch them grow. Animal Equality encourages consumers to put an end to this
cruelty by going egg free.
are highly intelligent and social animals that live in small family units
in the wild. By nature, they are very sensitive creatures, who are able
to feel compassion and often become devoted and caring mothers.
mothers defend their newborns fearlessly against enemies in order to ensure
their babies are safe and protected. Moreover, contrary to general assumptions,
chickens are extremely intelligent beings. They have highly-developed cognitive
and communication skills along with a strong social presence that was previously
thought to be exclusively found in certain species such as humans or primates.
prevailing opinion is that hens in organic farms lead lives without any
pain and suffering.
can chickens really be happy in organic farms? We answered this question
by investigating two organic free-range farms. One of the two farms supplies
the Deutsche Frühstücksei GmbH which is not only Germany’s
largest egg producing company, but also one of the biggest in Europe. The
company provides to all the leading German retail chains, discounters and
wholesaler. On their website, the Deutsche Frühstücksei GmbH advertises
“modern, animal-friendly egg laying hens”. Strict hygienic conditions
and regular veterinary inspections are supposed to guarantee the hens’
Animal Equality investigators came across on an organic farm which supplies
to the company, paints a completely different picture.