June 7, 2010

Settlement reached in Maine egg farm probe

The Associated Press

TURNER — A civil settlement has been reached in an animal cruelty case involving Maine's largest egg farm.

Under the agreement signed today, Maine Contract Farming of Turner admitted to 10 civil counts of animal cruelty. It will pay $25,000 in penalties and a one-time payment of $100,000 to the Maine Department of Agriculture for monitoring of hens at egg farms across the state.

The Agriculture Department brought charges against the company after Ohio-based Mercy for Animals animal welfare organization released an undercover video that showed the birds being mistreated.

Maine Contract Farming says it has undertaken a number of corrective measure to ensure the care of its nearly 5 million hens.

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