Horrific footage taken at two poultry suppliers for the company Koch Foods earlier this year shows alleged animal abuse of chickens.
WARNING: Disturbing footage
The footage, filmed by undercover activists with the group Mercy for Animals, shows workers throwing birds, slamming them into crates and birds suffering from open wounds. It also shows a supplier truck that turned over on the highway, crushing and killing countless chickens.
The video, which can be seen below, also details the slaughter process, showing several birds who are still alive when they are scalded in boiling water tanks. On the tape, workers also talk about maggots and roaches they've seen at the factory.
In response, Koch Foods released a statement asserting that its practices adhered to federal regulations:
Koch Foods trains its processing employees on animal welfare practices and the importance of operating in a precise manner. It also requires its independent contractor chicken catchers to adhere to the Animal Welfare Guidelines of the National Chicken Council. These independent contract catchers must complete training on compliance with animal welfare guidelines, and they are regularly monitored for adherence to the guidelines. Koch Foods is also regularly audited on its animal welfare practices by an independent auditor. The Chattanooga facility last completed such an audit in September of this year. The auditor found no violations of animal welfare practices in the live or processing operations for the Chattanooga complex.