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EGGS: Regulators falling down on the job

Letter by Marilyn F. Evenson, Tacoma on Aug. 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm with 14 Comments »
August 24, 2010 3:30 pm

After reading the articles in The News Tribune about the egg recall due to salmonella poisoning, it must be pointed out that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food & Drug Administration are failing the safety of the American people and the welfare of the laying hens.

The two Iowa farms that are liable for this disaster have violated laws and been fined over the years but it hasn’t stopped them from producing unhealthy food products. They are guilty of animal cruelty, also.

The birds at their facilities suffer from birth through the slaughtering process. The minute they are born they are torn from their moms, painfully debeaked, vaccinated and tossed into cages so small they can not turn around or stretch their wings. The male chicks are thrown in the trash to die.

Millions of hens are in these filthy cages, breathing in ammonia fumes from their own waste their whole lives. The workers wear masks. Birds are injured and diseased with salmonella so they are given antibiotics which are handed down the food chain to humans along with the salmonella. The hens are deprived of food and water during “forced molting” to promote the egg-laying cycle.

This mode of food production is a national disgrace to sensitive, feeling, social animals. If people are not concerned about animal cruelty, they should be worried about their own health and possible deaths.

Please buy cage-free organic eggs or stop eating eggs. The hens will thank you.

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  1. Sumner401 says:

    Mine disasters, housing and banking disaster, oil spills and now even eggs are messed up, yes deregulation and small Govt seems to be working just fine.

    Companys are cleaning up at our expense.

  2. LuckyCharm says:

    Better yet, raise your own hens or buy eggs from someone who does.

    I have yet to hear a rightie explain how the magical free market would prevent these kinds of disease outbreaks, ecological disasters, and economic instability. In a system where the name of the game is to make as much money as you can, as fast as you can, the mega-corps scoff at fines, employ labor offshore costing less than $1 per hour (oh, but if the unions weren’t so greedy, they’d be HAPPY to make $.50 an hour!), flout environmental regulations, cover up errors, and charge American taxpayers to do it all, through subsidies! We cannot continue on this path, or we will become a third-world country.

  3. donjames says:

    Yep, you’re right, Cheryl, so lets just let the government grow and distribute eggs like they did back in the good ‘ol days of the USSR, Mao’s China, and… oh, wait… barry is in charge. So… wouldn’t this be his fault?

  4. iamjimbo says:

    “We cannot continue on this path, or we will become a third-world country.”

    Kooky… I was thinking the same thing about the clowns running the show…

  5. If things keep going like they have been,we will be happy to be a third world country as that would be higher than where we are heading for now!

  6. What I am about to say is not a defense of how the big factory farms treat their animals. I’ve seen a lot of the documentaries and factory farm treatment of animals is sickening and I believe they should be made to treat them better.

    However, I read somewhere recently that Los Angeles alone consumes something on the order of 30,000,000 eggs each week! That is just one major city in a country of over three hundred million people. I just don’t see how these quantities of food can be supplied without factory farms. None-the-less, given the health problems that have been coming from our food supply of late, some serious changes in the food supply system definitely need to be made. Hopefully, after the elections, the name calling and finger pointing can cease for a little bit and our elected officials will work together to do something constructive (I know, and factor farm pigs will fly).

  7. hansgruber says:

    “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

    Wonder who said this?

  8. hansgruber says:

    Here is another reason we need massive regulation and huge government:

    “The California Department of Insurance said Wednesday it approved a rate increase averaging about 14 percent for Anthem Blue Cross customers. The department also approved a nearly 19 percent increase for Blue Shield of California.”

    Wait, we already have massive government regulation and healthcare reform, right?

  9. LuckyCharm says:

    dj, I am seriously missing the connection here. How do home-raised chickens = government control?

  10. Sumner401 says:

    There is no connetion, just rambling talking points, fill in the blank type nonsense, “big Govt. can’t do (blank) as well as (blank).
    You get the idea.

  11. hansgruber says:

    How about this on regulation:

    Big Government issued deep water drilling permits to BP.

    BP’s well springs a leak. BP says “We’ll fix it”

    Big Government tells BP to fix the leak because we don’t have the resources to do it but we are going to tell you how to do something we can’t do.

    BP fixes the leak.

    Notice BP said they would fix the leak, Big Government did not have to force them to and BP is paying for it. Big government just wants more control and trying to take the credit for it. (Just like Obama will try to take credit for pulling all the combat troops out of Iraq even though the Bush Admin negotiated that prior to the end of his term)

    With regulation, which we have, we still had a leak. Big Government will not stop catastrophes from occurring.

    Big Government will just take longer and spend more money doing it. Katrina is a beautiful example, over $11 Billion lost to fraud claims. Even Obama hasn’t been able to fix after visiting there numerous times so far.

    Get it?

  12. One of the many reasons, I’m so happy to have fresh, safe eggs, from healthy and humanely raised hens in my own back yard.

  13. Sumner401 says:

    Se what I mean, fill in the blank talking points.
    Doesn’t matter the topic or how uninformed they are, just twist and spin and spew the party line at all cost.

  14. LuckyCharm says:

    hans, the problem with the Gulf gusher wasn’t too many regulations (where are you even getting that? What train of thought leads to that conclusion?) but too few, and poorly enforced, if at all. Other offshore oil-producing countries have stricter safety requirements than ours. Also, the inspections that did occur with the BP rig were scandalously lax. Regulators allowed BP personnel to fill in their own inspection reports! Lastly, the structure of the MMS was such that it positively encouraged lax oversight — the same agency that awarded the contracts was the one that inspected the operation! That’s been fixed now, and stricter regulations are in the works.

    But you still failed to explain how the “free market” would have helped the Katrina victims. Please try to follow the discussion.

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