September 15, 2009 — Washington D.C. — Today, national animal advocacy non-profit Animal Outlook released a new investigation inside an egg factory farm owned by Michael Foods, a Dunkin’ egg supplier. While employed at the facility in August, our undercover investigator used a hidden camera to document conditions for hens in this facility, which confines more than one million birds inside tiny, barren wire cages known as “battery cages.”
Footage from inside Michael Foods shows:
- Hens immobilized in the wires of their cages, unable to access food or water
- Decomposing and “mummified” corpses left in cages with live birds
- A Michael Foods employee decapitating a hen
- Birds suffering from overcrowding, severe feather loss and untreated injuries
Michael Foods is one of the country’s largest egg producers, supplying eggs to several national restaurant chains, including Dunkin’.
No responsible company should support such cruelty. Dunkin’ can—and should—make the right decision by removing eggs from its doughnuts and offering more humane vegan menu items.
Earlier this year, Animal Outlook reached out to Dunkin’, inquiring about the treatment of hens in its supply chain and requesting the company offer egg-free options. Due to the company’s lack of action on this issue, we launched a campaign website, WeLoveDunkin.com, urging the company the make meaningful changes. Since then, thousands of concerned consumers have contacted Dunkin’ about this important issue.
Photos and broadcast-quality footage are available upon request.