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Maple Lodge Farms ordered to spend $1 million after chicken cruelty conviction

TORONTO - One of the country's biggest chicken producers will have to spend at least $1 million over three years to ensure compliance with federal rules after an Ontario judge convicted it of causing undue suffering to the birds. In a case closely watched by animal-rights groups, Ontario Superior Court Justice Nancy Kastner also fined Maple Lodge Farms $80,000 on two of 20 counts of failing to transport chickens humanely. Kastner placed the company based in Brampton, Ont., on three years probation, suspending the other 18 counts for the duration.

Park attends tasting event to boost chicken, duck sales after AI outbreak

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye ate chicken and duck before cameras Monday in a tasting event aimed at boosting slumping sales of poultry following last month's outbreak of avian influenza. Sales of chicken and duck meat fell sharply in South Korea after last month's AI outbreak, the first since 2011. According to data from the discount store chain Hanaro Mart, which specializes in agricultural, livestock and fisheries products, sales of chicken dropped by as much as 64 percent and duck by as much as 80 percent.

Park attends tasting event to boost chicken, duck sales after AI outbreak

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye ate chicken and duck before cameras Monday in a tasting event aimed at boosting slumping sales of poultry following last month's outbreak of avian influenza. Sales of chicken and duck meat fell sharply in South Korea after last month's AI outbreak, the first since 2011. According to data from the discount store chain Hanaro Mart, which specializes in agricultural, livestock and fisheries products, sales of chicken dropped by as much as 64 percent and duck by as much as 80 percent.

Kroger sued for not telling 'Simple Truth' on chicken labels

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, faces a lawsuit claiming it deceived consumers by marketing a store brand as humanely raised chicken products when the animals were raised under standard commercial farming. The complaint, filed late on Tuesday in Superior Court of California in Los Angeles County, is seeking class-action status against Kroger for allegedly misleading California consumers with claims about the grocer's "Simple Truth" premium-priced store brand of chicken.

Biggest cockfighting bust in New York history nets 3,000 birds

(Reuters) - Nine people were arrested and some 3,000 fighting roosters and hens rescued when New York authorities busted a cockfighting ring they said was one of the biggest ever uncovered in the United States. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrests and said in a statement: "Cockfighting is a cruel, abusive and barbaric practice that tortures animals, endangers the health and safety of the public and is known to facilitate other crimes."

Report finds contamination in most chicken sold in US

Almost all of the raw chicken sold in the US contains potentially harmful bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports published Thursday. The magazine tested 316 raw chicken breasts in 26 states and "found potentially harmful bacteria lurking in almost all of the chicken, including organic brands," it said.

Romanian princess among 18 charged in Oregon over cockfighting

By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - A Romanian princess, the daughter of exiled former Romanian King Michael, appeared in a U.S. court on Friday with her American husband on charges related to cockfighting in rural Oregon, authorities said. Irina Walker, 60, was among 18 people charged with holding 10 cockfighting "derbies" in 2012 and 2013, according to the indictment filed in federal district court in Oregon.

French poultry farmers threaten further egg protests

French poultry farmers who last week smashed 200,000 eggs in protests over low prices on Tuesday threatened repeat action following talks with the country's agriculture minister. Last week's protests were staged by a collective of militant farmers operating outside the structure of the main unions in the sector. A spokesman for the group, who would only be identified by his first name Sebastien, said: "Prices have to go up. We will allow 15 days for that to happen, otherwise action will resume, we don't know yet what form that will take."

French farmers on fresh egg-breaking rampage

A group of French farmers has been on another egg-breaking rampage in Brittany, destroying 100,000 outside a tax office a day after a similar protest over low prices. The nebulous collective, which communicates through an unnamed spokesman, has pledged to smash 100,000 eggs in public places every day until the government meets its demands for measures to be taken to raise prices. On Wednesday evening, the farmers went to the town of Carhaix in Brittany in France's northwest and hurled pallets full of eggs from a truck on to the road in front of the tax office.

French farmers go on egg-breaking spree to protest low prices

A group of rogue French farmers has gone on a furious egg-breaking rampage, destroying tens of thousands on roads and pledging to smash many more in protest against low prices. "More than 100,000 eggs were destroyed in the Cotes d'Armor (a department in the northwestern region of Brittany)," a spokesman for the unnamed collective of angry poultry farmers, told AFP. Poultry farmers in France have for several months complained of rock-bottom egg prices due to overproduction -- a problem that also affects other countries in the European Union.
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