Undercover Mercy For Animals investigation exposes extreme chicken cruelty at farm that raises ALDI chicken

In refusing to address unconscionable abuse in its supply chain, ALDI US is disregarding horrific animal suffering

LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2022) New Mercy For Animals hidden-camera footage shows the heartbreaking conditions chickens endure before being sent to the slaughterhouse. A Mercy For Animals undercover investigator shot the video at a contract farm that sells to discount grocer ALDI US. 

The footage reveals these horrors and more:
— Tens of thousands of chickens crammed into filthy and overcrowded sheds forced to live for weeks in their own waste. 
— Chickens, including days-old chicks, suffering from illness, severe open wounds, and other serious injuries.
— Sick or hurt chickens tossed into buckets, left to suffer and die slowly or be crushed by dead or ailing birds thrown on top of them. 

“In refusing to address unconscionable cruelty in its supply chain, ALDI US is disregarding horrific animal suffering and the critical evolution to less cruel industry practices,” said Leah Garcés, president of Mercy For Animals. “No animal should endure the abuses our investigation exposed. ALDI US must take swift action to join the hundreds of other food companies that have rejected the worst factory-farming practices.”

In late 2021, Mercy For Animals published a report ranking retail grocers according to their progress in addressing the most-pressing welfare issues for chickens raised for meat. ALDI ranked among the lowest.

Mercy For Animals is calling on ALDI US to adopt the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC), which requires a switch to higher-welfare breeds and affords birds more space, better litter and lighting, and environmental enrichments. More than 200 companies across the United States have already adopted BCC standards. 

Notes to Editors

For more information or to schedule an interview with Leah Garcés, contact [email protected].  

Mercy For Animals is a leading international nonprofit working to end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system. Active in Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, and the United States, the organization has conducted more than 100 investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses, influenced more than 500 corporate policies, and helped pass historic legislation to ban cages for farmed animals. Join us at MercyForAnimals.org.