A South Carolina monastery, Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, will phase out its egg farm over the next 18 months due to pressure from the People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Father Stan Gumula said that pressure from PETA made it difficult for the monks to live a quiet life of prayer, work, and sacred reading. He said the monks were sad to give up a “hard and honorable life of which they are proud.”

The monks admitted no wrongdoing in the statement and “will be looking for a new industry to help us meet our daily expenses.”

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PETA started criticizing the abbey in February, claiming it has undercover video of thousands of hens crammed into small cages. PETA also claimed that the abbey’s suppliers cut off the hens’ beaks and killed off males.