The Latest: Farm revises statement on animal rights video

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 6:29 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on undercover video showing alleged poor treatment of hens inside a Pennsylvania farm (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

An animal welfare group says it hopes undercover video filmed at a Pennsylvania farm showing how poorly hens are treated will get more U.S. food sellers to support cage-free eggs.

Mercy for Animals says video clips show chickens trampling each other, dead hens being pulled from cages and carcasses littering the floor. It says on Wednesday it's releasing clips recorded by an investigator who posed as a farm employee.

The Shady Brae Farm in Marietta, Pennsylvania, says it had poultry care experts conduct an audit Monday and that the review showed it met or exceeded all animal-welfare standards.

The farm sent out an updated statement Wednesday removing a reference to the worker being negligent.

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1 p.m.

The Pennsylvania farm where an animal rights activist shot undercover video says its standards were "compromised" by the man who posed as a farm employee.

Shady Brae Farm says the man worked there for less than five weeks and during that time "was negligent in his responsibilities." The Marietta-based firm says the man disregarded required procedures for taking care of the birds and maintaining barns, then took video of the "damage he had done."

Mercy for Animals on Wednesday released video clips recorded by the investigator who posed as a farm employee. It's pushing to make all eggs come from cage-free birds.

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8 a.m.

An animal welfare group says it hopes undercover video filmed at a Pennsylvania farm showing how poorly hens are treated will get more U.S. food sellers to support cage-free eggs.

Mercy for Animals says video clips show chickens trampling each other, dead hens being pulled from cages and carcasses littering the floor. It says on Wednesday it's releasing clips recorded by an investigator who posed as a farm employee.

The Alpharetta, Georgia-based United Egg Producers group says a lot of its members believe cage-free is the future. Keasby, New Jersey-based Wakefern Food Corp. operates ShopRite and says the industry is heading toward cage-free eggs.

Companies including Wal-Mart and McDonald's have pledged to use only cage-free eggs.