Midstate farm revises statement on animal rights video

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 14, 2016 4:05 AM

FILE PHOTO: In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, cage-free chickens stand in a fenced pasture.

(Philadelphia) -- An animal welfare group says it hopes undercover video filmed at a Lancaster County farm showing how poorly hens are treated will get more U.S. food sellers to support cage-free eggs.  

Mercy for Animals says video clips show chickens trampling each other, dead hens being pulled from cages and carcasses littering the floor.  

It has released clips recorded by an investigator who posed as a farm employee. 

The Shady Brae Farm in Marietta says it had poultry care experts conduct an audit Monday and the review showed it met or exceeded all animal-welfare standards. 

The farm sent out an updated statement yesterday removing a reference to the worker being negligent.  

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