Here's an NCR story from February. [I'd commented on this story briefly back then as well.]
PETA must have been keeping up serious pressure, if the monks could say this (from a statement from the Abbot on their website):
While the monks are sad to give up work that has sustained them for many years, a hard and honorable work of which they are proud, the pressure from PETA has made it difficult for them to live their quiet life of prayer, work and sacred reading. The monks have also found it difficult to extend hospitality, which is their hallmark, under such conditions.I have no idea about the actual details of procedures and so on here -- I'm no expert, as the phrase goes. I do have a prejudice against PETA and extreme animal-rights activists, and I absolutely adore the monks at Mepkin, and simply cannot believe that they would treat their chickens less than humanely. Of course, for PETA perhaps the fact that humans eat chicken eggs is an abomination. How the heck can one talk to such folk? I can only imagine what kinds of protests PETA must have been indulging in, making life hell for these peace-loving men, who radiate such warmth and charity, who take seriously their stewardship of some pristine Low-country marshlands (and refuse to give in to pressure from developers), and who share the natural beauty of their lands, and the produce of their hands so generously, with the local people.
Please write to Abbot Gumula and the monks expressing your support and prayers for them. And go to their online store and show your financial support as well.
[H/t Word Wench. Also check out Leonardo's post.]