Chicken Producers are Sued for Killing Entire Flocks to Drive Up Prices
Recently a class-action lawsuit was filed against chicken producers Perdue, Tyson, and Koch Foods by Maplevale Farms after eight years of conspiracy to illegally dispose of entire broiler chicken flocks in the interest of driving up market prices. The lawsuit states:
“[S]ince 2008, defendants cut their ability to ramp up production for 18 months or more by destroying broiler breeder hens in their broiler breeder flocks responsible for supplying the eggs defendants raise into broilers. This destruction of the broiler breeder flock was unparalleled, and the consequences continue to reverberate in the broiler industry to present day.”
According to VegNews, this isn’t the first time this horrendous practice has taken place. The Humane Society of the United requested the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation against the United Egg Producers in 2010, who launched an animal-welfare program to mask their intent to increase the price of their eggs. Also, Compassion Over Killing successfully spearheaded a campaign against the dairy industry for their plans on slaughtering 500,000 cows to inflate their prices; the case was settled for $53 million.
The perspective of living animals being disposable commodities is appalling. By exposing these schemes, the public has more opportunities to see where the motives of these industries truly lie.
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