Hidden-camera video from behind the scenes at Maple Lodge Farms reveals sickening cruelty to animals who are tortured to death in the name of cheap meat. The heart-wrenching video shows:
- Countless birds freezing to death when trucked to slaughter in sub-zero temperatures
- Crates of chickens callously thrown and dropped several feet onto a conveyor belt
- Chickens’ wings or heads crushed in cage doors, causing severe pain, injury, and death
- Workers violently slamming fragile chickens upside down into shackles, often breaking their legs and wings
- Birds left in cages and sent through scalding-hot industrial washing machines while still alive
Choose Kindness Over Cruelty
Broiler chickens, the breed typically used for meat, have been bred to grow obese so quickly that many of them become crippled under their own weight. At a typical broiler chicken factory farm, hundreds of birds die every day from the diseased and unsanitary conditions. Unable to walk, many die of dehydration when they can’t reach water. Others die from heart attacks, organ failure, and other obesity-related causes.
The survivors are carelessly grabbed by their legs, wings, and necks and violently slammed into transport crates. Many of the birds have their wings or heads closed in the cage doors, causing severe pain and injury. The birds are then shipped through all weather extremes to be slaughtered. At Maple Lodge Farms, hidden-camera video footage shows countless birds arriving dead and frozen at the slaughterhouse.
Terrified and exhausted, those not dead on arrival are thrown or dropped by the crateful several feet onto a conveyor belt. This careless handling can cause broken bones and other injuries. The crates are then sent to a “live-hang” line where workers quickly and violently slam the birds upside down into metal shackles. Severely sick or injured chickens are hung on the line with other birds intended for human consumption.
Once in the shackles, the birds are dragged through an electrified vat of water meant to paralyze them, but not necessarily render them unconscious. This means that many chickens are still completely conscious and able to feel pain when their throats are cut open. Those who miss the blade could end up scalded alive in the hot feather-removal tanks.
Although unconscionable cruelty and violence are standard practice at Maple Lodge Farms, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of chickens and other farmed animals by choosing vegan alternatives to meat, milk, and eggs. Please visit ChooseVeg.ca to learn more.