Customers have been posting messages on social media, crying out about animal abuse allegations involving Chick-fil-A. The company has since denied their involvement, but to no avail.
A video recently surfaced that shows the incriminating evidence: people from Koch Foods (a supplier of Chick-fil-A) are seen treating chickens very badly. The video, which is quite graphic and not for sensitive viewers, shows the animals being treated roughly, being kicked, having their throats cut and getting their bodies scalded alive. The workers can also be seen throwing chickens into their transport crates, with some of the animals’ wings being damaged in the process. There are also some chickens that display deformities on their legs, which is said to be the result of hormones that are given to chickens to make them grow larger for human consumption.
The people who posted the video started a petition for people to sign. This petition puts pressure on Chick-fil-A to stop using Koch Foods as their supplier. Chick-fil-A has since declared that Koch Foods has not been supplying them for over a year. Koch Foods has confirmed that they have not been working with Chick-fil-A during that time.
In spite of that, however, people can't help wondering if chickens have been mistreated during the time that Chick-fil-A was working with Koch Foods. Clearly, this video cannot be the first evidence of animal abuse at the company.
Mercy for Animals, an activist group, has been thwarting Chick-fil-A’s claim that they are not involved, by telling CBS Chicago that there are other recordings which clearly show Koch Foods has supplied, and still does supply, food to Chick-fil-A. In fact, Mercy for Animals has said that they have spoken to numerous workers and managers from Koch Foods who confirmed that they do in fact supply chickens to Chick-fil-A.
That Chick-fil-A is denying their involvement in this animal cruelty case which has clearly been going on for a long time is just adding insult to injury.
But the alarming situation goes deeper than holding companies such as Chick-fil-A and Koch Foods to their disgusting deeds. At a fundamental level, legislature is working against farm animals. Sadly, poultry are not included in the federal humane slaughtering regulation. Most U.S. states exclude all farm animals from legislation that protects against animal cruelty.
And then we wonder how this can be happening…
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