Wielding signs declaring, “Gordon Food Service Tortures Animals, and featuring graphic images of bloody and abused chickens at a slaughterhouse, more than 40 Mercy For Animals advocates converged today in front of Gordon Food Service Store in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of Gordon Food Service—to demand that the company adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy. The protest comes on the heels of newly released hidden-camera footage taken at a Gordon Food Service poultry supplier showing birds having their wings and legs broken, being painfully shocked with electricity, having their throats sliced open while still conscious, and even being scalded alive.
Chickens killed for Gordon Food Service are treated as mere meat-producing machines. From the day they are born until they are violently killed, their short lives are filled with misery and deprivation.
MFA is calling on Gordon Food Service to immediately adopt meaningful animal welfare guidelines for its poultry suppliers, including on-farm improvements to reduce the number of birds who arrive sick and injured at the slaughterhouse and switching to less cruel killing systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, and slaughtering conscious animals.
Shockingly, the USDA estimates that as many as 1 million birds are scalded alive every year in this country. And despite the fact that chickens make up more than 95 percent of the animals killed for food each year in the U.S., they are excluded from the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. This means that every year billions of birds are slaughtered in ways that would be illegal if the victims were cows or pigs.
As the largest private foodservice distributor in North America, Gordon Food Service has the power and responsibility to end the needless suffering of millions of animals in its supply chain. Please sign and share our petition demanding that Gordon Food Service stop torturing chickens: GoryFoodService.com.
And though cruelty and violence are standard practice for Gordon Food Service suppliers, caring consumers can help protect chickens by simply leaving them off their plates.