September 15, 2009
Washington D.C.—Today, animal protection charity Compassion Over Killing released a new investigation inside an egg factory farm owned by Michael Foods, Dunkin Donuts egg supplier. While employed at the facility in August, a COK investigator used a hidden camera to document conditions for hens in this factory farm, which confines more than one million birds inside barren wire battery cages.
Footage from inside Michael Foods shows:
- Hens immobilized in the wires of their cages, unable to access food or water
- Decomposing and “mummified” corpses left in cages with live birds
- A Michael Foods employee decapitating a hen
- Birds suffering from overcrowding, severe feather loss, and untreated injuries
Michael Foods is one of the country’s largest egg producers, supplying eggs to several national restaurant chains, including Dunkin’ Donuts.
“No responsible company should support this animal cruelty,” said COK’s executive director Erica Meier. “Dunkin’ Donuts can—and should—make the right decision by removing eggs from its doughnuts and offering more humane vegan menu items.”
Earlier this year, COK reached out to Dunkin’ Donuts inquiring about the treatment of hens in its supply chain and requesting the company to offer egg-free donuts. Due to the company’s lack of action on this issue, COK launched a campaign website, WeLoveDunkin.com urging the company the make meaningful changes. Since then, thousands of concerned consumers have contacted Dunkin’ Donuts about this important issue.
Photos and broadcast-quality footage is available upon request.
Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a nonprofit animal advocacy organization based in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1995, COK has worked to end the abuse of animals in agriculture through undercover investigations, public outreach, litigation, and other advocacy programs. On the web at COK.net.