Egg trade group misleads consumers

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007

Gene Gregory's opinion piece, in which he criticizes the Humane Society of the United States, could hardly have been more misleading ("Egg label means hens treated properly" on April 20).

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Gregory's trade group, the United Egg Producers, recommends that egg factory farms confine birds in battery cages so restrictive that each bird has less space than a sheet of paper on which to live for her entire life. This is so terrible that numerous socially responsible retailers, including Juneau's Rainbow Foods, refuse to carry eggs from caged hens, opting for exclusively cage-free egg policies instead.

The United Egg Producers has a history of misleading consumers when it comes to animal welfare. In fact, the Better Business Bureau ruled that the group engaged in misleading advertising related to animal care. And just a few months ago, the United Egg Producers paid a $100,000 fine to settle the false advertising allegations of 16 state attorney general offices.

The egg industry is both abusing animals and deceiving the public. To learn what the various labels on egg cartons really mean, visit

Paul Shapiro

Director, Factory Farming Campaign

The Humane Society of the United States

Washington, D.C.

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