End the Horrendous Torture of Chickens in Factory Farm


Target: Elton Maddox, President and CEO of Wayne Farms

Goal: End the abuse and torture of chickens in supposedly humane factory farms.

Thousands and thousands of chickens are being tortured to death in North Carolina, according to undercover video recorded at at a Wayne Farms slaughterhouse. This is blatant animal abuse and cannot be tolerated. Demand that Wayne Farms ends its alleged animal torture at once.

Video recently released by the animal rights organization Mercy for Animals purports to show the horrible abuses against chickens taking place at a factory farm owned by Wayne Farms, the sixth largest processor of poultry in the country. Workers are shown breaking live chickens’ legs and wings, electrocuting them, cutting their throats and letting them bleed out, and even throwing them into vats of hot water.

These are abuses that go above and beyond any reasonable benchmark of wanton evil. Chickens subjected to factory farming are already forced to live short, cruel lives—the revelations contained in this video show just how much more they have to endure for no reason whatsoever.

This is torture, plain and simple. Innocent animals have the exact same right to live a life free of abuse and violence that humans have. Sign the petition below to demand that Wayne Farms ends its alleged torture of chickens at once.


Dear President Maddox,

I am writing you today regarding abuses against chickens reportedly taking place at one of your North Carolina farms that have been videotaped and released to the public by Mercy for Animals. These abuses are egregious and should be stopped at once.

According to the video, your workers torture these innocent animals. They break their bones, electrocute them, slice their throats, and dump them into containers of hot water. That these actions are inhumane should be obvious, but to say that they are merely inhumane is, frankly, whitewashing. They are cruel and malevolent. You owe it to these animals to respect them, but that is very clearly not happening. These actions apparently perpetrated by your company are evil and constitute the worst kind of farming.

Your website states that your company “has very strict guidelines for every aspect of our business including the policies and procedures ensuring the humane handling and slaughter of every chicken.” Those have very clearly gone by the wayside. I demand that you end the torture of chickens perpetrated by your farms at once.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: David.Monniaux via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Too bad for words and man’s behavior beyond explanation.

  2. sue fleming says:


  3. I don’t know when the abuse started or it had been there all along but just not discovered. I wish it could all be stopped! Mankind is evil.

  4. I want to see CCTV which is accessible online for everyone installed in all slaughterhouses. The b******s should have their legs broken and be given the same treatment. Put their photos up all around their town.

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