September 2, 2009

Chicks being ground up alive... undercover video

We know it happens. Some chicks need to be killed - not suitable for keeping for meat or eggs...
We don't want to admit it.
But here is the proof.
See The Huffington Post for an undercover video. Sorry - it might upset some people.
or go here
An undercover video shot by an animal rights group at an Iowa egg hatchery shows workers discarding unwanted chicks by sending them alive into a grinder, and other chicks falling through a sorting machine to die on the factory floor.
Hy-Line said the video "appears to show an inappropriate action and violation of our animal welfare policies," referring to chicks on the factory floor.
But the company also noted that "instantaneous euthanasia" – a reference to killing of male chicks by the grinder – is a standard practice supported by the animal veterinary and scientific community

Intensive farming is always an emotional issue.
What do you think?


  1. Hi Mum, good post. Disturbing, but good. We live in a society now where people neither know nor care how food arrives on their plates. I find it irresponsible in the extreme.

  2. This is sad...Amy and Steven will be very disturbed watching this.

  3. Hi Fi, That footage is very disturbing and upsetting. I stopped eating non free range chickens after watching a Jamie Oliver documentary about battery farming of the standard chicken but after watching that I’m not sure that I want to eat meat again. In the JO documentary he mentioned the grinding machine that minces up the male chicks but the factory he was at was gassing them first before putting them in. But it doesn’t take much to imagine that this would be way too time consuming and that they normally go straight into the grinder. Is this what we do for our cheap food now? People should think about this when buying £2 chickens from Tesco’s.

  4. I did not watch the video. I don't need to have my brain filled with any more horror than is already there.

    A shame, in any case, that we can't somehow make the eating of meat less gruesome for the animals involved. They deserve lovely lives prior to their use. I am going to try, from now on, to at least buy from suppliers who allow free roaming and feed their animals good natural foods. Maybe not much, but something...

  5. I think we just need to consider what animal products we eat, and how often - I know we eat less eggs here at home these days... Every year I look at various battery farming methods as part of teaching the Animal Welfare Act in our classes. .. and can see that mass production needs to be balanced with affordable food and protein sources for the world population, but blatant animal cruelty is unacceptable.

    I am not a militant person about this, but I can be more considerate about what I eat and help to spread the word so that we don't all eat in complete ignorance of these practices, and perhaps, try eating more veges :)

  6. Hopefully Odette, Amy wont show it to them! And they are to be admired - they are doing a great job with their chickens!

  7. How dreadful but obviously happening. Some people have no heart at all.

    CJ xx


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