Breaking News: Aiming to Kill Chickens, Egg Farmer Shoots and Kills Worker

qene366.jpgMaine state police are investigating the shooting death of a worker at a Moark egg factory farm in Turner. According to the Associated Press, the worker was shot by another worker who was using a rifle to kill stray chickens inside the facility. The unnamed human victim died on the way to the hospital.

This wasn't the first time the Maine state police were called to this facility. In 2009, a Mercy For Animals investigation at this egg factory farm revealed hens suffocating in trash cans, chickens kicked into manure pits to drown in liquid feces, and workers whipping birds around by their heads in cruel attempts to break their necks. The investigation led to a raid by state police and the facility owner was ordered to pay more than $130,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to 10 counts of cruelty to animals.

At the time of MFA's investigation this factory farm was owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster, an egg tycoon with a long history of endangering public health and abusing animals. His 30-year criminal rap sheet also includes charges of indenturing migrant workers and exploiting young children, and he has been deemed a "habitual violator" of state environmental laws.

Here is the footage from the 2009 undercover investigation:


The good news is that simply leaving eggs off your plate and replacing them with cruelty-free vegan alternatives is a powerful way to take a stand against the notoriously cruel and violent egg industry.