Newly released undercover video footage, taken by a Compassion Over Killing investigator working inside Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, reveals shocking abuse of newly-hatched chicks. As described in the lawsuit, this video documents numerous routine abuses—including acts amounting to felony animal cruelty—that are in violation of the California law. Among the atrocities documented are:
- Dead hatchlings and their body parts, and mutilated but still living hatchlings, trapped in and under processing machinery;
- Hatchlings with ripped or missing skin, exposed organs, and severely injured feet and legs left in bins for several hours at a time, where they gasped, shook, and struggled to move;
- Baby birds cruelly tossed in a bucket of liquid waste where they struggled to escape before drowning;
- Hatchlings tossed like garbage into bins and then forced down a clogged disposal chute with a pole and hose.
Regulation of the egg and other animal using industries have failed to protect animals that are viewed as nothing more than commodities. Investigation after investigation reveals more of the same abuse and cruelty. “Regulating these industries is futile. Supporting the abolition of their ability to exploit these animals is the only way to bring a paradigm shift in protecting animals in this kind of environment,” says Robert Grillo, founder of Free from Harm.
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