Hidden camera reveals abuse in poultry factory


July 19, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: Employees at a West Virginia slaughterhouse owned by US poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride were secretly filmed abusing the animals by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Slaughterhouse workers were found jumping on live chickens, kicking them like footballs and hitting chickens against walls, according to secretly taped footage. PETA was investigating the operation as part of a legal dispute with fastfood chain KFC who purchases chickens from the slaughterhouse reported the New York Times.

The tape was shown to KFC officials, who said they would ask Pilgrim’s Pride to dismiss the workers involved. KFC also said it would inspect the slaughterhouse more often and threatened to end its relationship with Pilgrim’s Pride if further violations occurred.

Pilgrim’s Pride said it was “appalled” by the tape. A spokesman said the company had received an anonymous report in April claiming that poultry were being mistreated at the plant, and had warned workers that it would not tolerate such behavior. Pilgrim’s Pride said it would now reopen its investigation, the newspaper reported.

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