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Atlanta, GA (WGCL) — An animal rights group says Chick-Fil-A uses a supplier that abuses and tortures chickens.

Mercy for Animals released an undercover video taken at a processing plant in Mississippi and a slaughter house in Tennessee that are owned by Koch Foods.

It shows workers kicking and throwing chickens into cages, cutting their heads off and dropping them in vats of scalding water while many are still alive.

“The fact is if Chick-Fil-A executives tortured even one dog or cat the way their suppliers do millions of chickens, they would be thrown in jail,” said Matt Rice, the group’s director of investigation. “This is sickening animal abuse that no company with morals should be involved in.”

Chick-Fil-A told CBS46 News it stopped using Koch Foods as a supplier in April of 2013.

“We take the issue of animal welfare very seriously, and we only partner with only the very best suppliers in the U.S.,” said Carrie Kurlander, Chick-Fil-A’s vice president of public relations. “All of our suppliers must comply with rigorous animal welfare requirements created and endorsed by the most respected industry groups and associations, including the National Chicken Council, United Egg Producers, National Pork Board, American Meat Institute, International Dairy Foods Association and National Milk Producers Federation.

Rice said there are no USDA regulations for chicken processors. He said his group will push the USDA to draw up specific requirements.

While holding the government accountable, Mercy for Animals said it is pressing Chick-Fil-A for action since it is one of the largest users of chicken.

“As the highest selling chicken fast food company in the country, Chick-Fil-A has not only the power, they have the responsibility to end some of the worst forms of cruelty in their supply chain,” said Rice.

Neither Koch Foods nor the USDA returned calls for comment.

5 comments

  • em

    Reader shakes head while finishing final bite of spicy chicken biscuit. Thinks….awwwwwwe….poor chickens. Licks fingers.

  • athynz

    Interesting – this liberal group whines about a supplier torturing chickens (which yes is wrong) and tries to link that to a company that stopped using that supplier over a year ago and expects that same company to do something about it. IMHO this is nothing more than a liberal backed witch hunt in retaliation for the owner’s views on homosexuality. Why else bring this company up instead of just the supplier who’s employees are doing the actual torturing?

    • Betty Andrasik Rodgers

      I agree. Also, how can it be possible to “cut the chickens head off then plunge it alive into boiling water”??? Hello…not alive without head. Grew up on a farm, and we used same method. BTW, we never ate any animals that were alive. Whether farm raised or by hunting. Humanely as possible.

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