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HSUS files complaint over Indiana egg company

By Staff | Jun 18, 2010

DES MOINES (AP) – The Humane Society of the United States has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission to stop an egg producer from making what the animal welfare group claims are misleading statements about conditions at its egg farms.

The Humane Society filed the complaint Wednesday against Seymour, Ind.-based Rose Acres Farms. It said Rose Acre falsely claims it provides a ”humane and friendly” environment for hens.

The group says an investigation at the company’s three Iowa farms showed hens trapped in wires of cages; hens unable to reach food or water; hens with broken bones; and dead hens in cages with live hens.

Rose Acre spokesman K.Y. Hendrix says he wasn’t aware of the complaint, but disputed the claims. He said the company follows industry guidelines for animal welfare.

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