Wesleyan Students Win Victory for Hens, Egg Producers Edgy

"In fact, we used a great deal of information from your website and work."
– Wesleyan Environmental Organizers Network to United Poultry Concerns
Battery Hen Egg Farmer Cashing In
Illustration by Nigel Burroughs

On April 27 the Wesleyan Student Assembly of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut passed a resolution to eliminate cruelly-produced eggs from the campus grocery store WEShop. The resolution makes Wesleyan the first American University to say No to the cruelties of factory egg production, in which hens are stuffed in wire cages in filthy buildings, debeaked, and starved for up to three weeks in the vicious practice known as forced molting.

"For students to be able to remove battery eggs from any campus, absolutely it's progress," UPC President Karen Davis told the Hartford Courant (5/4/03).

What Can I Do?
  • Become the next campus to get rid of battery eggs. For more information on the Wesleyan campaign, visit www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/warn/eon (archive.org)

    Animal Cruelty Certified

    The industry trade group United Egg Producers (UEP) is worried by the Wesleyan resolution, noting that the message about cruel factory farming "is everywhere in newspapers, television and websites." According to UEP's June 18 newsletter and Feedstuffs (7/7/03), "Animal activist groups such as PETA, United Poultry Concerns, Compassion Over Killing, Mercy for Animals, Humane Society of the U.S. and others are leading the campaign against the egg industry."

    In June, Compassion Over Killing launched a website www.eggscam.com (archive.org) to discredit UEP's false "Animal Care Certified" program and battery-egg carton "Animal Care Certified" logo. COK changed the logo to "Animal Cruelty Certified" and filed petitions with the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture alleging that the "Animal Care Certified" logo on egg cartons is false advertising and should be prohibited.

  • Eat vegan, write letters to the editor, AND urge the egg industry's trade group to set welfare standards eliminating cages, crowding, debeaking, and forced molting. Request a written reply.

    Albert E. Pope, President
    United Egg Producers
    1720 Windward Concourse, Suite 320
    Alpharetta, GA 30005
    Ph: 770-360-9220
    Fax: 770-360-7058
    Email: info@unitedegg.org