Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is announcing a settlement on behalf of plaintiffs Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in the animal groups’ lawsuit against egg industry defendants Andy Cheung and Lien Diep.
The hens were abandoned in a battery cage facility and were left for more than 2 weeks without food in 2012, pecking at an empty conveyor belt as they slowly starved to death. Animal Place and Farm Sanctuary were able to rescue 4,600 hens but more than 45,000 died before rescuers were tipped off and able to free the birds. This was the largest farm animal rescue that has ever occurred in California.
Hens can be legally denied food for up to 10 days in a ridiculously cruel practice known as “forced molting” which is an industry standard method of forcing hens into a new egg laying cycle.
Luckily, the owners of L&M Poultry are now legally barred from ever working with animals again.
They still face charges of felony animal cruelty.