“BONING” VICTORY: Major Poultry Producer Ends Cruel Practice

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“Boning” Severely Restricts Male Birds’ Ability to Eat Wayne Farms, the nation’s sixth largest poultry producer, has stated that it will end the brutal practice of stabbing a dull plastic “bone” through the sensitive nostrils of young male breeder chickens. The painful practice, commonly known as “boning,” severely restricts male birds’ ability to eat in order to keep them from …


Lawsuit Claims Chicken Industry Killed Birds to Illegally Inflate Prices

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Chickens are forced to endure some of the worst abuses in animal agribusiness, and Animal Outlook works to bring their suffering, and that of all farmed animals, to light. Our investigators have revealed birds buried alive in pits and newly hatched chicks ground alive or left to slowly die. Despite desperate efforts by the industry to hide such abuse, we continue …

OSHA Fines Pilgrim’s Pride for Putting Workers at Risk

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Pilgrim’s Pride can’t be feeling very proud. In 2014, Compassion Over Killing (COK) released a gut-wrenching undercover video revealing shocking cruelty to chickens inside a North Carolina factory farm supplier of Pilgrim’s Pride. Featured in a CNN exclusive report, the footage sparked outrage over chickens buried alive in outdoor pits, and birds suffering from ammonia burns, leg deformities, and more. This year, …

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Powerful Documentary Blows Whistle on Chicken Industry

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Fusion TV just released an in-depth investigative documentary exposing the underbelly of the chicken industry – from the abuse and neglect forced upon animals to the unfair conditions endured by contractors to marketing claims that are misleading consumers. The documentary is based on Craig Watts, a North Carolina contract farmer who has raised chickens for Perdue since the early 1990’s, …

You can “count” on these chicks!

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In the January issue of Science, arguably the most prestigious scientific publication in the world, a small study on baby chicks suggested a profound connection between these little animals and all human beings: we both think the same way about numbers. Wondering what that means? OK, try this: imagine the numbers 1 through 10 then pretend someone just asked you …

18.6 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled in 2014

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Earlier this month, the US Department of Agriculture released a summary of the meat and poultry recalls that were issued throughout 2014 – and the list is a frightening reminder about just how “unwholesome” and unsafe meat can be.  Why exactly did 18.6 million pounds of meat get recalled last year? The risk of pathogens, such as E.Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria, …

Why Saying ‘Bird-Brain’ is Actually a Compliment

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Chickens sneeze! But you knew that, right? You probably saw the YouTube video that went viral over the holidays – but there is so much more to chickens than just their obvious adorableness. Did you know chickens can do math? They might not “scratch three times” when you ask them what 2+1 is, but they are capable of mathematical reasoning …