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Foster Farms Abuse Investigation Underway After Undercover Video Released

By    |   Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 09:55 AM

A Foster Farms abuse investigation is underway after an animal advocacy group released an undercover video this week showing workers slamming chickens into shackles, pulling out their feathers, and boiling them alive if they missed the killing knife.

Shot by Mercy for Animals, a Los Angeles-based group that advocates for the humane treatment of animals and urges consumers to abstain from eating them, the video was reportedly filmed between April and June of this year at a Foster Farms slaughterhouse in Fresno, California, as well as nearby farms, The Associated Press reported.

In the video, workers are shown hurling chickens into their upside-down shackles on the conveyor belt while punching them and plucking out their feathers as they wriggle and bob up and down. If the chickens are not placed correctly into the shackles, they sometimes miss the slaughtering knife or are not actually killed by it as they pass. If this happens, then the chickens are simply boiled alive, emerging from the scalding water with a bright red color.

Bob Barker, a prominent animal rights activist, narrates the video and appeared at its release. In his speech, he blasted the American Humane Association for previously certifying Foster Farms.

“But, I was suddenly made aware of what they really are, and I have absolutely no respect for the American Humane Association,” Barker said at the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I think they have failed miserably in their efforts to protect animals in the movie industry, and obviously they have failed miserably in any protection for animals in this food industry.”

An unnamed Foster Farms spokesperson said in a statement that the company will fully cooperate with authorities and has launched its own abuse investigation, as well.

“The behavior of the individuals in this video is inappropriate and counter to our stringent animal welfare standards, procedures and policies,” the spokesperson said, according to The Consumerist. “We believe raising chickens humanely is simply the right thing to do, and we take our commitment to humane values very seriously.”

Foster Farms said it suspended five employees Wednesday after the video was released.

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