, consumers tends to head for products with “humane” and “organic” labels in the supermarket. People are keen to avoid supporting companies involved in the cruelties of factory farming.
However, all too often we find that these labels actually mean pretty much nothing.
While the company says that the chickens have plenty of clean space and are happy in their environment, Compassion Over Killing
(COK) has released an undercover video this week that was taken at the hatchery owned by Bell & Evans
, the company that released the above video, and that makes a claim that its chickens are “humanely raised and compassionately handled, in a minimal-stress environment, throughout their lives.”
The bare truth is that hour-old chicks are being "treated like mere inanimate objects.”
The following is what the undercover COK investigator working at the hatchery saw:
Baby birds who are sick, injured, or otherwise deemed unfit for processing being dumped into a grinder while fully conscious
Hours-old chicks jostled from machine to machine in a highly mechanized process
Chicks with bloody, open wounds or other apparent injuries, deformities, or illnesses
Dead chicks, who did not survive this harsh process, left in baskets with live birds
The truth is shown in the video below — same chicken hatchery, actual methods:
Regrettably, nothing that is shown in this video is illegal. In fact, Bell & Evans are merely following the standard industry practice when it comes to chickens.
Male chickens don't lay eggs, or grow quickly enough to be raised for meat, and are, as a matter of routine, killed by the millions by Bell & Evans and other hatcheries, whether said hatcheries state that they are following organic, humane, cage-free or free-range standards or not.
“Consumers who are looking for cruelty-free meat need to know about this,” said Erica Meier, executive director of COK
. “Anyone concerned with their meat being cruelty-free should recognize that animal cruelty is standard practice in this industry.”
COK states on their website:
More than 8 billion birds are raised and killed for food each year in the U.S. – and with virtually no legal protections whatsoever, their short lives are filled with misery. The most effective way each of us can help end this abuse is to simply leave chickens, and all animals, off our plates.
Day-old male chicks given reprieve from shredder in German state