Animal rights group Mercy for Animals has released a new video alleging abuse at a chicken farm in Puckett, Miss., and a poultry slaughterhouse in Chattanooga, Tenn. Both facilities are owned by Chicago-based Koch Foods, which is a supplier to Chick-fil-A. MFA is calling on the company to adopt new animal welfare standards.
The video, MFA says, shows workers grabbing birds and violently slamming them into transport crates and chickens hastily shackled upside down before having their throats, wings, and chests sliced open while still conscious. The changes that MFA wants to see include shifting to slower-growing breeds to prevent obesity-related health problems in birds, providing birds with more space, clean litter, access to natural light, and environmental enrichments, and requiring suppliers to switch to less cruel controlled atmosphere killing (CAK) systems using inert gas to render animals unconscious prior to unloading and slaughter.
Source: Mercy for Animals