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This Is The Alarming Secret Costco Doesn’t Want You To Know About Their Eggs!

Eight years ago, Costco promised to buy all of their eggs exclusively from farms whose chickens are cage free. At retail locations around the country, consumers are presented with deceptive packaging that would lead them to believe the eggs are, indeed, cage free. On the carton, chickens are shown roaming free in the lush, green grass of an open field. A recent undercover visit by the Humane Society to one of Costco’s egg suppliers tells a different story.

Chickens are crammed into tiny cages, so tightly that there is not even enough space to spread their wings. Many die in the cages, the surviving chickens living and laying eggs on the corpses of their long-dead sisters, whose mummified remains are flattened into the cage floors. Those that are alive are not in much better condition; pink skin shows through where feathers should be, and those that remain are often badly damaged. The footage is so horrific it prompted Ryan Gosling to write an open letter to Craig Jelinek, CEO of Costco, urging him to fulfill their promise to switch to cage free eggs and stop supporting what Gosling calls “abhorrent cruelty”.

Keeping chickens in such close quarters clearly causes suffering for the animals, but the detrimental effects don’t stop there. Multiple studies have found that such practices provide a breeding ground for disease, increasing the chances of a salmonella outbreak. The evidence is so clear that the European Union outlawed this method in 2012. Let us know what you think in the comments.