Sparboe Farms, which produces over 300 million eggs a year, is under fire for questionable conditions and treatment of their chickens, and now McDonalds and Target have cut all business ties with them. A video that was recorded by the animal rights activist group Mercy for Animals shows many cases of animal cruelty at five facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado.
The video shows a worker swinging a bird around by its feet, hens being packed into small cages, and workers cutting off the tips of chicks' beaks.
Both McDonalds and Target ended their business relationship with Sparboe shortly after the video surfaced, and immediately had Sparboe products taken off their shelves.
Beth Sparboe Schnell, owner and president of Sparboe Farms, released a letter and video response to the situation saying, "Acts depicted in the footage are totally unacceptable and completely at odds with our values as egg farmers. In fact, they are in direct violation of our animal care code of conduct, which all of our employees read, sign, and follow each day."
Sparboe also says a few employees have been terminated or have been placed on leave since the video was released.
Watch the full video from Mercy for Animals here.
Watch and read Sparboe Farms' Response here.