Bay Area Animal Group to Screen Rare Agribusiness Industry Footage for the Media and Public

Oakland, CA, January 20, 2006 -- Each year, more than 19 million egg-laying hens are raised in intensive confinement for the California egg industry. According to the California Poultry Workgroup, nearly 100 percent of these hens are confined to battery cages -- wire enclosures so small that birds are unable to lift even a single wing. This nearly-universal practice violates Section 597t of the California State Penal Code, which requires that confined animals have adequate exercise space.

In order to expose this blatant violation and publicly ask why local enforcement of 597t is largely absent in California, East Bay Animal Advocates (EBAA) is inviting the media to a special screening of a ten-minute film documenting the living conditions of egg-laying hens in California. Footage includes shocking conditions at egg facilities in Sonoma, Santa Clara, Merced and San Diego counties.

The documentary also includes rare footage showing the egg industry’s mistreatment of "spent" hens— birds whose egg production begins to drop off between 18 and 20 months of age. These "spent" hens are slaughtered for second-grade meat, without any protections under California’s 1990 Methods of Slaughter law. There is no legal requirement for humane handling of spent laying hens, nor is there any requirement that they be rendered insensible to pain before slaughter.

Join EBAA for this special screening on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street (between Telegraph & Broadway) in Oakland.

East Bay Animal Advocates is a non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. California is home to one of the most industrious and concentrated animal agriculture areas in the world. Exposing animal cruelty in modern agriculture is of utmost importance to EBAA. Through direct aid and education outreach, EBAA is dedicated to fighting and preventing animal abuse in California's agricultural industry.

For more information: www.eastbayanimaladvocates.org.