Members of the animal rights group Mercy For Animals confront
attendees of the United Egg Producers' (UEP) annual board meeting in
downtown Chicago on October 17, 2007. The protest raised awareness to
the mutilation and intensive confinement of the nation's 250 million
egg-laying hens. Learn more at www.ChooseVeg.com.
The UEP, a trade agency representing more than 80 percent of egg
factories, allows its members to cut off the beaks of baby chicks and
cram five-to-six hens in tiny, wire cages so small each bird is given
less space than a notebook-size piece of paper. The birds are forced
to spend their lives in a cramped position, unable to even stretch
their wings, let alone engage in other natural behaviors such as
walking, dust bathing, or perching.