Poultry Worker Filmed Abusing Chick

CANADA - An animal rights group claims a "culture of cruelty" exists at Horizon Poultry in Hanover.
calendar icon 16 April 2014
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Mercy For Animals Canada (MFA), the group which exposed allegations of turkey abuse last month at a plant in Exeter, has released covertly filmed footage of conditions inside the Hanover plant, reports The Post.

The organization released the video on its website Monday evening, after it had appeared on many of the CBC's 5 p.m. local newscasts.

The video shows baby chicks being thrown, downed, scalded to death and ground up alive. An undercover investigator, who gained employment at Horizon earlier in the winter, shot the hidden camera video and photographic evidence.

Krista Osborne, director of operations for Mercy for Animals Canada, told The Post that neither Horizon nor its parent company, Maple Leaf Foods, had been the targeted by the organization. Rather, Horizon is simply where the investigator was hired.

"We don't target jobs. We apply for job postings just like anybody in the general public can do, and (our investigators) take the first company that hires them," Osborne said Tuesday morning.

While there was no indication of any wrongdoing before the investigation began, hunches now prevail in the MFA offices.

"Because this was a general undertaking, this does lead us to believe that the cruelty that was documented at this facility runs rampant throughout the entire hatchery industry," Osborne said.

Michael Priestley

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