PETA Asia Exposes Olympic-Size Cruelty: Eggs From Chicken Hell In Japan
BUT New exposure of PETA Asia, Japan’s largest egg producer ISE Foods, certified to supply the Tokyo Olympics, reveals hell on earth for chickens. ISE Foods claims its eggs are “so fresh … they can be eaten raw,” but PETA Asia’s revelations show rampant filth, disease and brutality.
ISE shoves chickens into crowded cages stacked on top of each other, and bird waste from above often falls on those below. The birds are left to suffer and die from painful ailments and forced to live next to the rotting corpses of their cagemates. These gentle birds endure a lifetime of suffering at ISE Foods so that the company can sell their bodily fluids – unhealthy substances that people don’t need to eat.
Corpses left to rot with the living
Chickens feel pain and fear just like humans and all other animals. But ISE Foods allowed dozens of chickens to die in horror and agony when they were trapped under feeders and crushed. In the farm’s daily report, these deaths were casually described as “stuck chickens.” Many dead chickens were left to rot and decompose in their cages, while the survivors had to eat and sleep just a few centimeters away.
ISE Foods views chickens as the egg-laying, not people who think and feel.
Wounded, ignored and left to die in agony
Many chickens have suffered injuries and painful conditions as a result of being forced to lay large numbers of eggs.
Some chickens had prolapsed holes – reproductive tissue that protruded outside their body – an extremely painful condition caused by improper feeding or straining when they had to lay many more eggs than is natural. The damp, inflamed tissue was constantly scraping against the filthy wire cage, making it painful to lay each egg.
Many chickens also had severe bloating, another condition commonly seen in chickens used to produce eggs. Others have suffered painful injuries or inflammation of the feet caused by constant standing on the sharp wire flooring, which can cut the delicate skin between the toes.
Instead of receiving veterinary care and treatment, sick and injured chickens were simply transferred to a “hospitalization cage,” where some eventually died.
Trapped and stressed in crowded cells
Chickens are extremely clean birds that need to smarten up and take dust baths regularly. But in the huge warehouses of the egg industry, they are forced to live in mud and are deprived of the freedom to behave naturally.
Inside the dark sheds of ISE Foods farms, birds are packed so tightly in their cages that they can’t even spread their wings. The living area of each chicken is less than a sheet of paper. They have nowhere to stand, sit, or lie except on a dirty, uncomfortable metal floor.
The unbearable stress and frustration of this extreme confinement causes many chickens to fight each other and even maim themselves. Countless chickens suffer from severe feather loss.
Even in wealthy developed countries such as Japan, USA, Australia, Germany and the UK, animals used for profit always suffer. The abuses documented by an informant at ISE Foods reflect what PETA and its international affiliates have found at every egg farm they surveyed around the world.
There is no need to eat eggs, meat or anything else stolen from animals. Healthy vegan foods contain all the nutrients you need to feel good, even if you’re an Olympic athlete. Please urge the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee to move away from chicken cruelty and serve one of the many vegan egg options available instead.