Workers can be seen punching, shoving, and throwing birds down the quickly moving line in the video before the animals are shackled upside down. Birds are also seen drowning in electrified stunning baths.
BRYONY JEWELL: ‘Shocking undercover footage has exposed workers punching and throwing chickens before they are slowly drowned in electrified stunning baths at a slaughterhouse. Non-profit group Compassion Over Killing recorded the footage at an Amick facility in Hurlock, Maryland. In 2018, a COK investigator worked inside the high-speed facility that kills up to 175 birds each minute – that’s as many as over one million birds every week. Workers can be seen punching, shoving, and throwing birds down the quickly moving line in the video before the animals are shackled upside down. Birds are also seen drowning in electrified stunning baths during an equipment break-down and others appear to have been scalded alive in vats of hot water.
Due to the speed at which the slaughter line is allowed to run at Amick Farms and other high-speed plants, animals can endure even greater suffering… COK explained how most facilities operate at the staggering rate of killing up to 140 birds per minute and workers are forced to keep birds moving down the kill line. Up until last month, 20 plants in the US were allowed to operate at the high-speed rate of killing 175 birds per minute. Despite alarming problems at high-speed plants… the United States Department of Agriculture recently allowed four more chicken slaughter plants to increase their speeds. The National Chicken Council has urged the federal agency to entirely remove all caps on line speeds’. SOURCE…