Singapore – This morning, PETA rushed a letter to the Singapore Food Agency urging it to stop Japanese company ISE Foods from setting up an egg farm in the country.
Earlier this year, PETA released shocking video footage that revealed suffering chickens on a farm belonging to ISE Foods. Injured birds with painful conditions caused by excessive egg-laying were crammed into spaces so small they couldn’t even stretch their wings. Multiple birds occupied each dark cage and had nothing but bare wire flooring to stand, sit, and lie on. Many were denuded (missing feathers), which is recognised as a result of stress-induced self-mutilation or of fighting for space. Dead chickens were left to rot alongside survivors, and birds were covered with red, inflamed sores.
“The sores on these gentle hens’ bodies, the severe abdominal swelling, the painful prolapsed vents, the raw skin, and the rotting corpses left in the cages show the extent of the torment that birds at ISE Foods endure,” writes PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker in the letter. “We ask that after learning of these findings, Singapore Food Agency refuse to allow ISE to open an egg farm in the country.”
In recent years, the popularity of vegan foods has grown by leaps and bounds. Innovative companies are developing foods which no animals have to suffer or die for – OsomeFood in Singapore has even developed a vegan hard-boiled egg.
As cruelty to chickens is industry-wide, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” – urges everyone in Singapore and around the world to leave chicken eggs off their plates.
Broadcast-quality video footage of the ISE Foods farm and images are available upon request.