Investigative report exposes cruel practices in top egg and meat industries

Investigative report exposes cruel practices in top egg and meat industries

Submitted by Kumuda on Wed, 2017-02-22 11:58 Hyderabad: An eyewitness investigation has exposed the cruel treatment of chicks in several hatcheries and farms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The investigation conducted by Anonymous for Animal Rights and obtained by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.has found that millions of male chicks, considered useless to the egg industry, as well as unwanted chicks are commonly drowned, burned, crushed, thrown into rubbish bins, and even fed to other animals while still alive by top players in the Indian egg and meat industries.  The investigation found that: *Problems with incubators caused deformities, such as protruding organs, in chicks.*Workers pressed hard on chicks' sensitive genitals in order to determine their gender.*Large portions of chicks' beaks were cut off with a searing-hot blade –and without anaesthetics –in order to prevent them from pecking one another out of frustration caused by the close confinement commonly seen in the egg industry.*Unwanted chicks were tossed into large grinders while still alive, along with eggshells and dead birds.*They were also drowned in bins full of water as they tried desperately to escape for up to 30 minutes.*Some were tossed onto fires and burned to death.*Others were crushed or suffocated to death by being dumped en masse into large drums or trucks.*Workers also transported chicks to fish farms, tossing them into ponds to be eaten alive, and if they tried to escape, they were kicked back into the water. PETA called on the public to go vegan and the demanded the government to consider new in ovo sexing technology, in which chicks' gender is determined before they hatch, potentially preventing large-scale deaths of male chicks, to establish and implement a written standard for painless euthanasia for unhealthy chicks, and to take stern action against companies that kill chicks in cruel ways."From packing mutilated hens into tiny cages to grinding up, drowning, and burning live chicks, the egg and meat industries are rife with cruelty", said PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura. "PETA's message is that the only way to guarantee that no animal has suffered for our meals is to go vegan."The eyewitness documented various killing methods used by companies such as Diamond Group; Suguna Foods, a household name in the poultry sector and India's number one producer of chickens for meat; SH Group, whose flagship company, Srinivasa Hatcheries Ltd, "commands a staggering 95�f the Layer market in the poultry sector in its area of operations", according to its website; and SR Group, whose production of chicks for the meat industry stands at 60,00,000 per month, while its breeder farms house 5,00,000 birds. The video also shows sexing practices by Venkateshwara Hatcheries Pvt Ltd, commonly referred to as Venky's – as well as chicks crushed in transport from Skylark Hatcheries Pvt Ltd of Skylark Group, one of the largest poultry producers in India.