New hidden-camera footage recorded by a Mercy For Animals whistleblower at Fleming Chicks, a hatchery owned by Maple Lodge Farms, reveals horrific animal cruelty.
The miserable lives of chickens killed for meat begin here, at the hatchery. Baby chicks are ground up alive in macerators, roughly dropped onto machines, viciously killed by having their necks smashed against metal edges of factory equipment, and dumped into baskets and left to suffer for hours before death.
Previous exposés by MFA at Maple Lodge Farms have also uncovered horrific animal cruelty. In a previous exposé, a whistleblower filmed birds violently slammed into metal shackles, shocked with electricity, and cut open at the throat while still conscious and able to feel pain. Countless animals froze to death during transport.Watch the Video
"It’s difficult to relate to the terror newborn chicks must feel as they are loaded onto a conveyor belt with thousands of other birds, roughly handled and thrown, crashing into the metal of the industrial machines that surround them. Nothing I’ve experienced even comes close. But I witnessed thousands of birds endure this torture at Fleming Chicks every day.
Their only hope is that people leave animal products off their plates and stop funding an industry where abuse and suffering run rampant."
— Jesse, an MFA whistleblower
"The first time I saw a chicken taking a dust bath, stretching out one iridescent wing and holding it up to the sunshine, then settling into the warmth of the afternoon only to fly effortlessly to a tree to roost in the evening, I was astonished."
"[Farmed animals] are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined … they are individuals in their own right."
"The ancestor of the modern day chicken is the red jungle fowl. They fly up to perch. They are wary of predators, and they scratch around in the ground for food. Studies of chickens and other species find that despite hundreds of years in captive, artificial environments they retain all of the behaviors and needs that their ancestors had."