Disturbing undercover video footage of animals being thrown against walls and stomped to death at Perdue Farms—one of the largest poultry producers in the country—led to the arrest of a worker, Danny Miranda, who was charged with four counts of felony animal cruelty. If convicted, he could face more than two years imprisonment for each count.
This marks the first time in U.S. history that felony charges have been filed for cruelty to factory-farmed chickens following an undercover investigation.
But sadly, this abuse runs rampant. At Perdue Farms, chickens are treated as mere meat-producing machines whose short lives are filled with misery and deprivation. Perdue purposely breeds chickens to grow so unnaturally fast they often suffer from painful leg deformities and frequently die in agony from organ failure, including heart attacks. These poor birds are also forced to live for weeks or months in their own waste inside filthy, windowless factory farm sheds.
Watch the shocking undercover investigation that led to the arrest and criminal charges against a Perdue farm worker here:
While we praise law enforcement for swiftly pursuing justice on behalf of these abused animals, we are also calling on Perdue to adopt meaningful animal welfare policies to end many of the worst forms of cruelty in its supply chain.
Specifically, we are calling on Perdue to stop selective breeding for rapid growth and shift to slower-growing breeds of birds to prevent health problems; provide birds with more space, clean litter, access to natural light, and environmental enrichments; and replace live-shackle slaughter methods with less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals.
Please sign our petition today to make sure Perdue knows that this cruelty will not be tolerated, and that real change must be implemented.
And remember, every one of us can take a stand against animal abuse every time we sit down to eat by choosing delicious meat-free alternatives to chicken and other animal products.