Target: Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan T. Cathy
Goal: Demand better treatment of chickens killed for consumption
Chick-fil-A, America’s highest-selling chicken fast-food chain, treats its chickens horribly. A recently released video from Mercy for Animals undercover investigators shows chickens being recklessly thrown into bins, scalded alive, crushed and cut up all while they are still alive. Not only are the chickens abused, they are often infested with parasites and still sent to slaughter for human consumption. The house where the chickens reside has a cockroach infestation. Chick-fil-A must start treating its chickens more humanely, and solve its infestation problems.
Animal abuse is unfortunately very common in the meat industry. Because of their small size and calm demeanor, chickens are often horribly abused. Instead of picking them up one at a time and placing them in a shipment bin, workers will grab two at a time by their wings and fling them across the room, forcing the chickens to stand on top of each other due to lack of adequate space in the bin. Not too long ago a truck transporting Chick-fil-A chickens overturned, crushing many birds to death while others were left to wallow in pain. Chick-fil-A’s chickens are treated like objects, rather than living beings.
Demand that Chick-fil-A adopt strict animal welfare policies. The company’s cruelty has been exposed and now it must actively work to change its negative image. Enforcing the policy should be the number-one goal of the company. Sign this petition to give Chick-fil-A’s chickens a happier, healthier existence.
Dear Mr. Cathy,
Mercy for Animals has exposed the cruelty within Chick-fil-A’s chicken farms. An undercover video shows workers picking up multiple birds by their sensitive wings and throwing them across the room into shipment bins. The treatment of chickens is not the only problem at the production factory; other footage shows birds full of maggots and highlights the building’s cockroach infestation. One worker confided that if the USDA found out about the conditions on the farm, it would likely be fined or shut down.
I am sure you are aware of this undercover footage. Obviously, the situation must be changed. Chickens deserve to be handled carefully, given pain medication and adequately numbed if heading into slaughter. The electric-water tank that is supposed to stun the chickens only works for some of the birds. Others are fully conscious while their throats are slit; some are even conscious when they are dipped into the scolding tank, which is evident by the multitude of birds that are still red after death.
It is not difficult to ensure that the chickens are treated humanely. I urge you, Mr. Cathy, to become an exemplary chicken farmer. There is no excuse for this abuse. Chickens are sensitive, loving and intelligent creatures. They deserve to be treated as such for as long as they are alive. You have a lot of improvements to make; the world is watching.
[Your Name Here]
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