State farm lobby blocks bill to stop killing chickens via wood chippers

CALIFORNIA - The powerful farm lobby yesterday blocked legislation that would have barred ranchers from killing chickens by feeding them into wood chippers, a practice described by animal rights activists as barbaric.

The measure grew out of a highly publicized incident in San Diego County in which ranch hands tossed thousands of live chickens into a shredder built to cut wood into small pieces.

But the bill also would have imposed broader humane killing standards for other farm animals, prohibiting the industry from burning, burying, drowning, suffocating or freezing livestock.

Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, retreated rather than ask for a vote after a hostile reception in the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

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