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EXPOSED: Birds Punched, Beaten at Australia’s Largest Chicken Producer

The undercover eyewitness saw workers frequently punching live chickens in the head and bashing them against metal railings. Another worker repeatedly tearing birds’ heads off.

PETA: ‘A PETA exposé of Australia’s largest chicken producer, Baiada, which slaughters approximately 35% of chickens raised for meat in Australia, found widespread cruelty in its breeding facility and slaughterhouse…Baiada reportedly supplies chicken flesh to McDonald’s and has also supplied Pizza Hut… Baiada’s slaughterhouse has closed-circuit TV cameras, but that didn’t prevent the workers from using chickens as punching bags…

At Baiada’s breeding facility, the eyewitness saw many lame, injured, and sick birds. Because of the stress of severe crowding at the breeding facility, many birds fought with each other, often sustaining fatal injuries. Some of these injured birds… were left to suffer and die slowly and in pain. Others were grabbed by workers who crushed their necks under metal bars while yanking their legs and then left them to die in agony.

Chickens who survived this treatment at the breeding facility were sent to Baiada’s slaughterhouse. There, the eyewitness saw workers frequently punching live chickens in the head and bashing them against metal railings before shackling them by the legs. Even though closed-circuit TV cameras at the slaughterhouse were operating, that didn’t prevent the workers from abusing the frightened animals.

One worker told the eyewitness that he would “just start smashing birds.” The eyewitness saw another worker repeatedly tearing birds’ heads off—and even putting a severed head on his finger and wiggling it like a finger puppet. Even though they were run through an electrified water bath intended to stun them, many chickens were still fully conscious when their throats were slit with a spinning blade. A worker then manually slit the throats of those who hadn’t been killed by the blade’. SOURCE…

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