Quality Egg Pleads Guilty to 10 Counts of Animal Cruelty; Pays $130,000 in Fines

Not only does Mercy For Animals conduct some of the animal protection movement’s most important undercover cruelty investigations, the group keeps working long after each investigation ends in order to hold abusers accountable.

It’s been fourteen months since MFA released its video documenting animal cruelty at Quality Egg of New England. This morning, the court case reached its conclusion. MFA’s founder, Nathan Runkle, was there. He writes:

On Monday, June 7, 2010, as part of a landmark civil settlement announced in Lewiston, Maine District Court, Quality Egg of New England (QENE), the largest egg producer in New England, pleaded guilty to 10 civil counts of cruelty to animals, and agreed to pay over $130,000 in fines and restitutions, as well as hand over authority to the state of Maine to conduct announced inspections of the factory farm for the next five years.

It’s not enough to release groundbreaking cruelty investigations; follow-up is key. Congratulations to MFA for seeing this through. Much more on today’s MFA blog. Link.