Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HSUS Files FTC Complaint Against Rose Acre Farms

HSUS continues to wage war against the agricultural community. If the "clandestine" undercover video actually showed any wrong-doing on the part of Rose Acre, HSUS would have jumped at the chance to bring in federal inspectors rather than merely write to FTC.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a complaint this week with the Federal Trade Commission asking it to order Rose Acre Farms to stop making "false and misleading animal welfare claims."

The complaint accuses Rose Acre, through its promotions, web sites and spokespeople, of falsely stating that the company, the second-largest commercial egg producer in the U.S., provides a "humane and friendly environment" for its hens. HSUS said this is "grossly misleading."

HSUS referred to clandestinely filmed video at three of the company's hen houses in Iowa that "found conditions starkly at odds with the cheerful claims of the company" (Feedstuffs, April 12).

Rose Acre attorney Joe Miller said the company has not yet seen the complaint but stands behind its animal welfare program "and the humane way that we treat our animals."

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