GRAPHIC: Cal-Cruz Animal Cruelty
Animal Rights -- A
Washington, D.C.-based animal protection group, Compassion Over Killing
(COK), filed an animal cruelty complaint against California based Cal-Cruz
Hatcheries Inc., after obtaining incredibly disturbing video footage of
their processing factory.
An undercover investigator from COK shot
footage of the alleged abuse which shows hatchlings with ripped skin and
exposed organs being thrown into bins, trapped under machinery and drowned.
According to the lawsuit, the graphic video documents numerous routine
abuses including acts amounting to felony animal cruelty--that are in
violation of the California law.
The abuse was originally brought to
the attention of the local district attorney in 2009, however, according to
Cheryl Leahy, COK s general counsel, despite the video and other legal
statements, the DA said they wouldn't be filing charges at that time.
The systematic torture and reckless neglect of baby birds at Cal-Cruz
is not only shocking--it is also illegal under the California Business and
Professions Code, said Carter Dillard, litigation director for the Animal
League Defense Fund (ADLF).
Brian Collins, president of Cal-Cruz
Hatcheries, confirmed that the video was indeed taken inside the factory and
said he was planning on making a change in the policy regarding rejected
"I think the employees get desensitized to the actual
handling of the bird, and for them, it s a job. [...] Right now, the
guideline is every 30 minutes you empty those boxes, I might make it 15 and
be more diligent about it." How kind of him
Cal-Cruz hatches and
ships millions of chicks each year to growers who raise the birds until they
are slaughtered. According to a representative from the death factory, the
majority of the chicks are sent to Bauer Family Farms and Carlson Family
Farms, where they eventually end up in the meat department of Northern
California Grocery Stores.
Read More Here (http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1920),
and Here (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/chicken-abuse-lawsuit-cal-cruz-hatcheries_n_1199714.html?ref=green).