Wednesday, June 2, 2010

COK Investigation Inside Hatchery Leads to Impoundment of Birds by Authorities

Using a hidden camera, a COK investigator documented shocking abuses forced upon newly-hatched chicks and ducklings while employed at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries in 2009. The video evidence was immediately turned over to the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority and the District Attorney’s Office. In response, a follow-up investigation conducted by humane law enforcement not only corroborated our evidence of abuse and neglect but also resulted in the impoundment of 88 ducklings.
Despite this additional documentation by authorities, the District Attorney’s office held the case for several months, and in late April 2010, officially declined to prosecute the hatchery for violations of state animal protection laws.

Watch our undercover video—and you be the judge.

Exposing Abuse: COK Investigation inside Cal-Cruz Hatcheries
While employed as a maintenance worker at California-based Cal-Cruz Hatcheries Inc. for nearly a month in 2009, COK’s investigator witnessed and painstakingly documented miserable conditions forced upon thousands of newly hatched birds, including:
 A chick drowning in a bucket of liquid waste
 Birds entangled in machinery, their dead bodies mangled, decapitated, or missing limbs
 Sick or severely injured birds left to suffer for hours
 Unwanted hatchlings dumped down the egg shell disposal chute, then sprayed with a high-pressure hose
 Birds thrown five to six feet across the room into buckets where they often languished for hours

Rescued: Impounded Birds Get Second Chance at Life
Our video evidence uncovering shocking animal abuse prompted Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority to look further into this case.
In conducting its own follow-up investigation, this humane law enforcement agency collected additional evidence of abuse and neglect and impounded 88 ducklings in need of care.
While several of these newly-hatched birds were too sick or injured to survive, more than two dozen were given a new chance at life at a nearby sanctuary.

Whether you think the actions of the workers is cruel or not, if you purchase eggs, YOU are contributing to this cruelty and suffering.  There is NO difference between "Free-Range and Caged eggs".  ALL the chicks come from the same hatcheries and all the male chicks are killed at birth, because they have no use for male chicks in the egg industry.  They cannot grow fast enough to benefit the meat industry and therefore are useless.  STOP contributing to this suffering...WWW.TRYVEG.COM

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