The way chickens are slaughtered on factory farms is excruciating - and it's also totally legal.
A new video shot by an undercover investigator at a supplier to Gordon Food Service, the largest private foodservice distributor in North America, has revealed just what life is really like for chickens in the factory farming system. The video, released by the group Mercy for Animals, shows injured chickens being slammed onto hooks for slaughter, birds being scalded alive and even a worker attempting to suffocate a chicken with his hands.
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As Nicholas Kristof points out in The New York Times, the number of birds who miss a knife meant to cut their throats and are instead dunked into a scalding tank alive is extraordinary. While the Agriculture Department estimates that some 700,000 chickens out of about 8 billion total in the U.S. are "not slaughtered correctly," the investigator said that at the facility he worked, the proportion was much higher.