SHELL TO HELL
A new Mercy For Animals Canada undercover investigation at a Maple Leaf-owned hatchery in Ontario reveals chicks thrown by their fragile wings, drowned in scalding water, and ground up alive.
WHAT THE INVESTIGATION EXPOSED:
Chicks flung by their fragile wings and slammed into metal dividers
Live chicks sent through a scalding washing machine, burned, and drowned
Chicks overloaded and roughly crammed into macerators to be ground up alive
CRUELTY CRITICS
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“[I]n a commercial hatchery, there is very little consideration for the behavioral biology of the animals, the pain, stress and fear they may experience as they are conveyed through the equipment, and little regard for the occasional animal who is mauled by the machinery.”
Sara Shields, PhD
“Because there are huge numbers of birds being processed and speed is important, birds are given no more care than if they were widgets. The workers fling, throw and drop the birds without any regard for their welfare.”
Mary Richardson, DVM
“Workers are clearly desensitized to the animals’ suffering, joking and laughing about playing ‘football’ with chicks who have fallen from the machines, animals being boiled alive or mangled in the macerator.”
John Sorenson, PhD
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NATURE VS. HATCHERIES
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NATURE

In nature, a mother hen peeps to her chicks while they are still in the eggs, and the chicks peep back to her. When hatched, chicks stay close to their mother and find warmth, comfort, and protection under her wings.

HATCHERIES

In hatcheries, mother hens are replaced with massive machines, fast-moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and frightening noises. Young chicks are sorted, discarded, and treated as mere cogs in a machine.

NATURE

In nature, chicks are inquisitive and like to explore their surroundings. Chickens are intelligent birds who learn by observation, have a sense of time, can count, have good memories, and can anticipate future events.

HATCHERIES

In hatcheries, chicks have no opportunity to explore their world. From the moment they hatch, they are tossed from machine to machine, dropped onto conveyor belts, roughly handled, and destined for a life of deprivation.

NATURE

Newly hatched chicks have well-developed nervous systems and are sensitive and fragile. In nature, chicks are protected by their devoted mothers who have been known to put their own lives at risk for their babies.

HATCHERIES

In hatcheries, each worker is expected to process over 1,700 chicks an hour by callously grabbing and throwing them. The animals are treated as inanimate objects rather than the sensitive and intelligent animals they are.
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