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    California Egg Farm Investigation

    Each year, over 25 million egg-laying hens are raised in concentrated confinement in California. According to the California Poultry Workgroup, close to 100 percent of egg-layers are confined to battery cages.

    In March 2004, East Bay Animal Advocates (EBAA) conducted a cruelty investigation at Freitas Fresh Eggs in Newman, California. Freitas Fresh Eggs is a Northern California egg supplier of McDonald's Fast Food Restaurants.
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    P.O. Box 1406
    Martinez , CA 94553
    Contact Person: East Bay Animal Advocates

    Detailed Information:
    EBAA investigators rescued five egg-laying hens from the commercial egg production facility.

    Egg-laying hens live in overcrowded cages for 18 to 20 months before being slaughtered for meat. Over 125,000 hens were housed at the ranch investigated. Seven hens were kept in each undersized cage.

    At the farm investigated, hens could not spread their wings, lie down comfortably, or dustbathe.The conditions the egg-laying hens inhabit violate Section 597t of the California State Penal Code, which requires that confined animals have adequate exercise space.

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