News

Humane Society alleges unsanitary conditions at midstate farm

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2015 5:09 AM
hillandale_humane_society.jpg

Photo by Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

(Philadelphia) -- The Humane Society of the United States has released undercover footage it says shows the mistreatment of birds and unsanitary conditions at a midstate egg supplier. 

The video was shot at Hillandale Farms in Gettysburg.

The Humane Society said its customers include retail giant Costco. 

Footage shows hens caged with dead, decaying and mummified birds. It shows cages packed so tightly that some birds get their legs stuck in the wire. 

Family-run Hillandale says its standards were compromised by an activist, hired as an employee, who disregarded farm procedures.

The company says it was his job to address the type of issues shown in the video he shot. 

Hillandale says independent experts have reviewed its operations and concluded the images reflected an isolated incident. 

Costco had no immediate comment.  

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , , , , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »