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Animal Cruelty Settlement Announced in Maine Egg Farmers Case 

A civil settlement has been reached in an animal cruelty case involving Maine’s largest egg farm.Under the agreement signed Monday, Maine Contract Farming of Turner admitted to 10 civil counts of animal cruelty.It will pay $25,000 in penalties and a one-time payment of $100,000 to the Maine Department of Agriculture for monitoring of hens at egg farms across the state.The Agriculture Department brought charges against the company after Ohio-based Mercy for Animals animal welfare organization released an undercover video that showed the birds being mistreated.Maine Contract Farming said it has undertaken a number of corrective measures to ensure the care of its nearly 5,000,000 hens.