Group releasing undercover video for cage-free egg push

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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.