Shut Down Farm Accused of Horrifically Mistreating Chickens


Target: Walter E. Whitcomb, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture

Goal: Urgently and permanently close massive egg farm where chickens suffer cruel and unsanitary conditions.

A massive egg farm has come under fire again after yet another undercover investigation revealed horrible living conditions for the chickens. The Humane Society has released over 30 minutes of footage showing millions of chickens crammed into filthy and crowded cages at Hillandale Farms, an egg-producing factory facility in Maine.

The graphic video shows chickens laying eggs on top of the mummified corpses of their cage-mates, in overcrowded cages where they can hardly turn around. Other chickens are seen painfully trapped by their wings, necks or legs in the wires of their cages, leaving them unable to reach food or water. Last year, footage showing similar cruelty had been dismissed as an “isolated incident.” It is now clear that these chickens are routinely mistreated in this facility and it must therefore be permanently closed.

Sign this petition urging authorities to take action against this farm’s owners and ban them from breeding and keeping animals due to welfare and public safety concerns.


Dear Mr. Whitcomb,

We urge you to urgently investigate and permanently shut down the Hillandale Farms egg-producing facility in Turner, Maine. Yet another investigation has found chickens living in horrific conditions. Footage obtained from the Humane Society shows hens laying eggs on top of dead and mummified chickens, crammed into cages too small to even turn around in.

This comes hot on the heels of other reports of cruelty against chickens at Hillandale Farms. Clearly this facility is routinely abusing animals for profit. Please ensure it is shut down so that millions of chickens are spared this horrific suffering.


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  1. these chicken farms need to be investigated and made to be free range farms. There is NO EXCUSE to treat any animal this way even if they are laying hens. You should be heavily fined and made to clean up your mess.
    Apparently you don’t have a conscience. All you see is money signs.You
    should be ashamed of yourselves treating these hens like that. Maybe you
    should be put in a dark barn with no light in a cage with no water,food,and very little room to move. Live in your poop and breathe stale air. I bet you
    would be whining the first day. There needs to be strict laws made and en-
    forced about agriculture animals.

  2. Nancy Dunlap says:

    You are MONSTERS! Not humans!

  3. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Mr. Whitcomb – These chickens are part of the Animal Kingdom who are, by the way, citizens of this Earth who deserve our respect and protection. No animal deserves this type of treatment and you have the power to change the way these chickens are handled. Please do the job you were hired to do and make the necessary changes required to alleviate the suffering of these innocent creatures.

  4. kay allan says:

    all these evil places should be shut down and have cctv in any place where there are animals, i have saved twenty chickens who were on the way to slaughter and it breaks my heart to see what the human race can put an animal through, all for money, let them lose and charge more for the eggs. evil vile sickening places.

  5. Beth Knalfa says:

    Hillandale IS CRAP. USDA is a broken system, when is this going to end. People can’t stand this anymore, but sadly BIG AG AND BRIBERY PREVAILS. What corruption.

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

  7. Malka Kessler says:



  8. Bev Woodburn says:

    The owners and workers at these massive egg farms couldn’t care a shit about the innocent and helpless birds. All the owner/s care about is the GREED and blood money they are making by the unimaginable torture and suffering these innocent birds endure.
    Absolutely sickening and unforgivable the atrocities the human species commits against the innocent purely for GREED.

  9. Carla Bond says:

    This is heartbreaking and horrifying. these poor animals have less than quarter of a feet to live !!! You US chickenfarms are oldfashioned, here in Europe we have no batterycages any more, chickens live in squawkbarns with sand or straw, 1 on 3 feet, or they can walk on grass.
    YOU OWNERS AND WORKERS MUST live all your (short) live in dark cages where you can not reach for food and water and can’t even sit in. This is the same as was in the second WorldWar in the concentrationcamps !! THIS IS HELL, Whitcomb STOP THIS IMMEDIATLY !!

  10. Yolanda Bernhard says:

    the hell is everywhere where the innocent and defenseless animals tortured and tormented
    the MAN is for these poor animals HELL
    resolves this hell – finally

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