Retailer may forgo Lithuanian eggs as animal cruelty scandal breaks out

The Norwegian-owned Rimi retail chain will stop buying Lithuanian eggs if the recent animal rights' violations prove true, Rimi Latvia told LTV on August 1.

On August 1 animal rights organizations spread a video allegedly shot at Ausieniškės and Kaušenu chicken farms in Lithuania. The eggs laid there are consumed in Latvia as well. 

The video, which contains graphic content, can be seen HERE

"If the published materials concerning chicken keeping conditions actually correspond to reality, then it's unacceptable to Rimi as a socially responsible company," said Rimi representative Inga Bite. 

She said that Rimi will contact the supplier and inspect the locations. Furthermore, the agreement with the supplier has a sustainability clause related to animal welfare, she said.  

According to Rimi, the demand for free-range eggs is slowly picking up in Latvia.

As reported, last September the Animal Freedom NGO released graphic photos and videos allegedly shot at the farms of Balticovo, Latvia's largest egg producer, accusing the company of cruel treatment of animals. 

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