Exposed: Chicks Ground Up Alive at Well-Known Chicken Supplier

Posted on by Nirali Shah

A PETA U.S. exposé of a massive hatchery operated by Sanderson Farms, Inc., which supplies chicken meat to Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere, reveals shocking footage showing unwanted chicks who were born alone and left to languish before finally being ground up alive.

This video shows the sort of suffering that buying chicken supports:

The Life of a ‘Late Hatcher’

Chicks who hatched later than expected were born alone in barren plastic crates, deprived of warmth, comfort, and mothering. PETA U.S.’ eyewitness found some of them gasping for air and some too weak to stand or lift their heads. Dying and dead chicks were found near the living, and one had suffered from what appeared to be a broken neck.
Because “late hatchers” like this chick, named Jessie by the eyewitness, were deemed useless to the company, they were left alone, never experiencing their mothers’ nurturing or warmth, for hours before finally dying or being killed.

Chicks like this one were deprived of warmth, comfort, and mothering.

Chicks like this one were deprived of warmth, comfort, and mothering.

These chicks, named Kai and Lex by the eyewitness, were among many unwanted ones who died or were killed shortly after hatching.

Late-hatching chicks were not considered useful to the company and were left to die or be killed.

Late-hatching chicks were not considered useful to the company and were left to die or be killed.

Discarded chicks who survived were dropped into a metal macerator similar to the one shown below and ground up alive. The eyewitness heard chirping from the macerator, and a worker said that chicks frequently got stuck in or under it, where they were simply left to die.

These live chicks were ground up in this typical macerator at another hatchery.

These live chicks were ground up in this typical macerator at another hatchery.

You Can Help Us Stop This Cruelty!

PETA U.S.’ exposé gives us just a glimpse into the short lives of unwanted chicks in the meat industry. Chickens who do hatch on time and survive also suffer greatly: They are often forced to live in cramped, windowless sheds and bred to grow so large in such a short amount of time that their legs literally break beneath their bodies. Even if the label says “humane meat,” animals are still subjected to cruel industry standards, including severe crowding and a terrifying death.

Please, the next time you see this:

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think of this:

This late hatcher was considered useless by Sanderson and would either die or be killed shortly after hatching.

This late hatcher was considered useless by Sanderson and would either die or be killed shortly after hatching.

You can help animals like Jessie, Kai, and Lex by pledging to go vegan.

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