Free Range, My Foot

MANHATTAN — Represented by attorneys at Wigdor and the PETA Foundation, egg buyers claim in a federal class action that Pete and Gerry’s Organics misrepresents its Nellie’s-brand eggs as free range.

PETA says it has footage showing that one of Nellie’s egg suppliers house about 20,000 hens in a single shed, giving each just 1.2 square feet of floor space barely larger than their bodies.

According to the complaint, Nellie’s condones its suppliers’ practice of killing all male newborn chicks, sears the beaks off of hens to keep them from fighting and, when their egg-laying days are done, sells the hens to slaughter along with their factory-farm cousins.

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