Costco’s popular rotisserie chickens are a product of animal cruelty, new research has shown
An undercover detection This week’s release revealed that the fried chickens sold at Costco for $ 4.99 come with a hidden cost of cruelty to animals. Animal rights group Mercy For Animals (MFA) investigated Costco’s Nebraska poultry farm that supplies Lincoln Premium Poultry, a company that Costco founded and controls to supply many of the 100 million fried chickens it sells each year.
During the investigation, MFA found that chickens were bred to grow so big quickly that they could not support their weight and often die from organ failure. Hundreds of thousands of birds in filthy sheds, living in their own garbage for weeks; injured and sick chicks, some with internal organs exposed and others unable to walk; Birds suffering from open wounds, ammonia burns, broken bones, and twisted necks and beaks; and massive piles of dead animals on the facility’s grounds outside of the barns that house live chickens.
Costco fails because of its commitment to animal welfare
The results of the research are in stark contrast to Costco’s assertion that “animal welfare is an important component that has been built into every aspect of the chicken supply chain, from hatchery to broiler house to processing facility”.
“Costco members deserve to know the truth about where their chickens come from and how Costco does not meet the welfare standards that members expect, and the company claims to support it,” said Leah Garcés, president of the MFA. “While we cannot change the outcome for the chickens suffering from this shameful footage, Costco has control over the lives of millions of animals and can take immediate action by approving the Better Chicken Commitment, a series of higher welfare standards that who would prohibit the cruel practices exposed through this investigation. “
MFA has launched one petition to request that Costco die Better chicken engagement– what others like Whole Foods Market, Popeyes, Burger King and Subway have already adopted – to end the atrocity exposed by the investigation.