In Vancouver, animal advocates spurred an investigation into “absolutely sickening” allegations of abuse to chickens by workers witnessed throwing, hitting, dismembering as well forcing the birds into violent sexual acts with each other. The disturbing video footage had been secretly filmed at a Chilliwack. B.C. farm by animal-welfare group Mercy for Animals between May 10 and June 9 at Elite Farm Services Ltd.
According to the Edmonton Journal, B.C. SPCA spokesperson Marcie Moriarty immediately launched a formal investigation after reviewing the videos showing several workers and a supervisor, hired to round up chickens for transport to slaughter, treating the birds in the most disgusting, inhumane and despicable manner:
“The shocking undercover video shows workers punting and throwing birds, slamming them hard against walls and transport crates, and ripping the legs off conscious animals. In particularly horrific incidents, a worker is seen trying to rip a bird in half with his bare hands, and other workers torment frightened animals in sexually explicit ways,” stated Mercy for Animals in their press release.
The B.C. SPCA will submit their report to the Crown counsel and is expected to recommend multiple charges in violation of the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. If the individuals are convicted, they could face up to a $75,000 fine, a maximum five-year-prison term and be banned for life from ever owning or being with animals. Moriarty was shocked and very saddened for the suffering of the animals after viewing the footage:
“The video includes some of the most brutal and sadistic acts of violence against animals I have ever seen. It is extremely difficult to watch,” the spokesperson stated.
In addition to Mercy for Animals submitting a legal complaint asking law enforcement for prosecution of the abusers, they have also called upon Loblaws, the largest grocery chain in Canada and a major Lilydale chicken customer to help use their power to help end these horrible animal abusive practices.
Certain footage of the most egregious sexual deviant acts has not been included in the video footage released below, however workers can be seen jamming poultry into overcrowded crates, hurling birds against the wall. One person can be seen stepping on a live chicken, and then hitting it. WARNING: Video is graphic and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences.
(Photos via Mercy for Animals website)
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