FILE PHOTO: Chick-fil-A trucks at distribution center. Photo by Mav  Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
FILE PHOTO: Chick-fil-A trucks at distribution center. Photo by Mav Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

A Los Angeles animal rights group on Wednesday released a videotape purportedly showing workers at a supplier factory farm and slaughterhouse linked to fast-food chain Chick-fil-A kicking chickens and scalding them alive in water.

Chick-fil-A said the farm and slaughterhouse have not supplied the chain for more than a year.

Narrated by “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon, the video footage, allegedly taken secretly at a chicken factory farm in Puckett, Miss., and a poultry slaughterhouse in Chattanooga, Tenn. — both owned by Chicago-based Koch Foods — shows workers abusing the animals, according to the group Mercy For Animals.

A Koch representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Chickens are literally tortured to death before ending up in Chick-fil- A restaurants,” said MFA president Nathan Runkle. “They are crowded into filthy sheds, thrown and kicked by workers, and have their throats slit while fully conscious at the slaughterhouse. This is sickening abuse no company with morals should support.”

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A is the highest-selling quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the country.

In a response posted on its website, the chain said Koch facilities have not supplied Chick-fil-A since April 2013.

“As a values-based organization, we strictly partner with suppliers who share in our goal of responsible environmental stewardship, and maintain our values throughout all animal welfare and management practices,” the restaurant chain said. “We wholly support the humane treatment of all animals and do not condone their mistreatment at any point along the supply chain.”

Runkle said he hoped the release of the videotape would force Chick-fil- A to adopt “strict new animal welfare standards” to prevent future abuse.

The animal rights group said that as many as 1 million birds are scalded alive every year and “extreme animal abuse and suffering” is commonplace at poultry slaughterhouses nationwide.

City News Service

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