Exposé of Egg Producer Certified to Supply the Event Reveals Massive Suffering of Birds
Tokyo — PETA Asia has filed a complaint with the Ibaraki Prefectural Police Department after whistleblower footage revealed rampant abuse and horrifying neglect on a farm belonging to ISE Foods, Japan’s largest egg producer, which is certified to sell eggs at the Tokyo Olympics.
The never-before-seen footage shows dead chickens left to rot alongside survivors and other birds covered with red, inflamed sores. Some hens endured a horrific death after getting trapped under a food trough—the farm’s daily report simply describes the cause of the fatalities as “stuck.” Multiple birds occupy each dark cage at the farm and have nothing but bare wire flooring to stand, sit, and lie on. Each bird is allotted less space than a letter-size piece of paper, and many are denuded, i.e., missing feathers, which is recognized as a result of stress-induced self-mutilation or of fighting for space.
ISE Foods’ Japan Good Agricultural Practices certification, which was created especially for the Tokyo Olympics, allows it to supply eggs for the event. According to the company, auditors visited the farm and approved its certification, a process that PETA Asia’s exposé calls into question and is now urging the Tokyo Olympic Committee to cancel eggs.
“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,” says PETA Asia Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA Asia urges everyone, including athletes and coaches, to reject cruelty and shun eggs during the Olympics—and every day.”
PETA Asia—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.
Broadcast-quality video footage and images are available upon request.