The United Egg Producers filed requests Monday with the district attorneys in Montgomery, Md., and Sacramento County, Calif., alleging that an employee of the Humane Society of the United States "impersonated an egg industry ally" and illegally taped telephone conversations with a UEP staff member by not advising the staff member that the conversations were being recorded and that HSUS then used the illegally recorded information to support a California political campaign.
UEP's filings maintain that the calls were made from a phone in
The information was used to further the HSUS-led ballot initiative on farm animal housing, known as Proposition 2, or "Prop 2," according to the filings. The former HSUS operative is the spokesperson for the group supporting Prop 2.
Prop 2 would make almost all egg production in
HSUS, in a statement, said UEP, which represents almost all