An undercover investigation conducted by Mercy For Animals at a chicken hatchery in Canada owned by one of the nation's largest meat producers has brought to light a number of disturbing allegations about how animals raised for consumption are treated in the first moments of their short lives.
Hidden camera footage at an Ontario factory owned by Maple Leaf Foods captured workers sorting through hundreds of newly-hatched baby chicks. Male chicks, deemed undesirable, are seen being indelicately thrown and dropped into containers by their fragile wings, suffering injuries as a result.
These same chicks are later seen being dumped by the basketful into a mechanical macerator where they are ground up. When the machine becomes overloaded, hatchery workers use force to push the baby chicks into the grinding blades, a violation of accepted industry practice.
In another portion of the video, it's revealed that chicks occasionally are drowned and boiled alive after getting their feet caught in baskets being washing in scalding water. At one point, a factory worker says, "They boil! I have no sympathy for them anymore."