Backlash for PA Hatchery as Video Reveals
Fate of Some Newborn Chicks
25, 2013- Tom Joseph
FREDERICKSBURG- A central
Pennsylvania chicken hatchery is receiving national attention after a video
surfaced showing the fate of some newborn chicks at the facility.
video from Bell and Evans in the Lebanon County town of Fredericksburg was shot
by a person working there who is also a member of the animal advocacy group
Compassion Over Killing.
talking about birds who are just hours old, who are sick, injured or otherwise
deemed unfit for processing, are dumped in a grinder while still fully
conscious," said Erica Meier, executive director of the group. "So,
they're ground up while still alive."
website, Bell and Evans says all of its chickens are humanely raised, and that
baby chicks are "carefully sorted from their shells and placed in delivery
baskets headed for the farm."
said the video demonstrates a different picture, pulling back the curtain on
how the chicken industry routinely operates.
think it's really important for consumers to recognize that, no matter how these
products may be marketed to consumers, animal cruelty is standard
practice," she said.
she believes animal protection laws fall short when those animals are intended
for use as food.
happening on this farm is not subject to the same cruelty laws," she said.
"If these are dogs and cats, it would result in criminal prosecution, but
because these animals are being raised for food, the state law exempts what's
happening inside these facilities."