Industry Facts

According to the United Egg Producers, total U.S. egg production during 2005 was 76.98 billion table eggs. Meanwhile, 6.56 million table eggs were produced during the month of June 2006.

From 2002 to 2005, most egg producers in the United States labeled their egg cartons with a logo that read "Animal Care Certified." That label conveyed the idea that the eggs contained in those cartons were somehow produced in a more ethical manner than conventional eggs.

In 2003, an animal advocacy group named Compassion Over Killing (COK) filed legal petitions with federal agencies and the Better Business Bureau in which it declared that those producers misled consumers through deceptive advertising. Over the following two years, COK's initial legal petitions were followed by undercover investigations of farms that used the "Animal Care Certified" label. These investigations produced footage depicting the very situations that animal activist groups in general called inhumane.

COK's campaign garnered nationwide media coverage, and on September 30, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the logo would not be stamped on egg cartons after March 31, 2006.

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Austria have all banned the use of battery cages because of animal welfare concerns. In addition, HSUS notes that the entire European Union will phase out battery cages by the year 2012.

The campaign video below is no longer relevant. However, it illustrates the "Animal Care Certified" logo issue:

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