Shocking Undercover Video Reveals Sickening Abuse at Country’s Second-Largest Chicken Producer

A new undercover video from The Humane Society of the United States reveals extensive cruelty at the country’s second-largest chicken producer, Pilgrim’s Pride.

Footage from a multistate investigation shows the owner of a Pilgrim’s Pride contract farm in Hull, Georgia, repeatedly beating animals with a metal rod. Sick and injured birds have their necks twisted, while others are grabbed by their throats and thrown. Later in the video, workers at a slaughterhouse in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, punch and violently shackle birds, causing visible pain.

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Unfortunately, abuse like this pervades the industry. In a recent Mercy For Animals investigation of several Lilydale supplier farms in Canada, a whistleblower filmed workers ripping off the heads and legs of live chickens; hitting, kicking, and throwing birds; violently jamming them into overcrowded transport crates; and running over live birds with forklifts.


Chickens lead some of the most miserable lives of all farmed animals and make up 95 percent of the animals raised and killed for food in the U.S.

To make matters worse, not a single federal law provides protection to animals during their lives at factory farms. And the law that’s supposed to protect animals at slaughterhouses, the Humane Slaughter Act, doesn’t extend to birds, leaving chickens with virtually no protection from abuse.

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