A comprehensive investigation into US slaughterhouses paints a heartbreaking picture of the abuse chickens are subjected to.
A joint investigation by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism inspected hundreds of logs from poultry plants across the country which were submitted to the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA).
It revealed that in one incident, more than 34,000 chickens froze to death while being kept outside a slaughterhouse in a truck overnight.
Other upsetting reports of abuse to chickens included:
- Being suffocated to death under other chickens after being loaded onto a conveyor belt
- Being drowned after entering the scalding tank while conscious
- Thousands of chickens died of heat stress while being moved in trucks or waiting in 90F degree heat
- Hundreds of instances in which groups of chickens and turkeys were bludgeoned, suffocated, scalded, frozen or heated to death
- Freezing to death in extremely low temperatures
Campaigners say the violations prove the current system, in which slaughterhouse operators submit their reports to the USDA, does not work.
Director of animal roights group PETA, Elisa Allen, told Totally Vegan Buzz: “Every aspect of slaughter is alarming. Birds are often improperly stunned and therefore go to the blade – and even into the scalding tank – fully conscious, enduring agonising pain and dying slowly in a terrifying and miserable way.
“And the final moments of these birds’ lives are just one part of the long and cruel process of modern meat production – from the cramped and filthy cages to the gruelling journeys to the abattoir in all weather extremes.
“There’s nothing alarming about going vegan.”
The report is based on accounts from as far back as 2014 and some major poultry producers are involved.
The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI).
Legal petitions have been submitted in the past claiming the USDA is not adequately protecting animals from undue suffering. The USDA has always responded by saying it does not have the jurisdiction to create such regulation, according to the Guardian.
Activists are concerned that a post-Brexit trade deal with the US could see an influx of chicken on UK shelves which has been produced under lower welfare standards.
What do you think of the investigation? Tell us in the comments section below!
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
- Totally Vegan Buzz Team
- 23rd July 2019
The wonderful vegan community is filled with individuals from all different kinds of backgrounds and lifestyles, each with their own unique story and path to veganism. At Totally Vegan Buzz we felt it was about time to celebrate how far we’ve come and prove to the world that #AnyoneCanGoVegan! From ex-butchers and hardcore carnivores to …
- Oli Gross
- 18th July 2019
Game of Thrones had viewers around the world well and truly under its spell for the spectacular final season this year. The show, based on George R. R. Martin’s novels, has gripped audiences with its endless plot twists, complex characters, nudity, gore and violence. But despite the show’s abundance of unsavoury characters, the cast is …
All the quizzes you love to binge!
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
QUIZ: Take this personality test and we’ll reveal if you’re a Junk Food Vegan or a Health Food Vegan
- Marlon Farrugia
- 12th September 2019
For some, it’s a diet. For others, it’s an excuse to load up on carbs. Which kind of vegan are you? Take this Extremely Scientific Quiz and find out. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and animal rights is a strong theme …