A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation into Perdue Farms—one of the largest poultry producers in the United States—reveals workers cruelly kicking and throwing chickens, and stomping birds to death in clear violation of North Carolina law.
Reality: Perdue chickens are bred to grow so fast they often develop crippling leg deformities, making it painful and sometimes impossible for them to reach food and water.
Reality: Perdue chickens are raised in sheds and mass-produced like widgets in a factory. It’s probably true the people who own these factory farms have families.
Reality: Workers were caught on hidden camera routinely kicking and throwing animals, and purposely stomping them to death, among many other horrific abuses.
Reality: Perdue chickens suffer miserably on factory farms. In response to two class-action lawsuits, Perdue dropped the “humane” claim from its packaging.
Chickens raised and killed by Perdue Farms have been bred to grow so quickly they frequently become crippled under their own weight. Unable to walk without extreme pain, many die of dehydration at factory farms when they can’t reach water. Others die from heart attacks, organ failure, and other problems related to rapid growth. High levels of ammonia due to the filthy factory farm conditions also lead to severe skin and throat irritations, blindness, and deadly respiratory problems. Birds who survive these wretched conditions are carelessly grabbed by their legs, wings, or necks and violently slammed into transport crates to be trucked to slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, they are violently shackled upside down, painfully shocked with electricity, and cut open at the throat—often while still conscious and able to feel pain.
The best way for individual consumers to help end this cruelty is to leave animals off their plate entirely.