Mercy for Animals
Shocking undercover video of chickens being brutally abused and tortured at a chicken catching company in Chilliwack B.C. was released yesterday following the launch of a formal investigation by the BC SPCA.
The undercover video, filmed by the non-profit group Mercy for Animals between May 10 and June 9, 2017, documented several workers and a supervisor at Elite Farm Services Ltd. participating in numerous “acts of animal cruelty and gross noncompliance with federal and provincial laws, regulations, and guidelines,” according to a statement by the BC SPCA.
As per the BC SPCA, the “absolutely sickening” footage shows the perpetrators dismembering chickens as well as hitting and throwing the birds and forcing them into violent sexual acts with one another.
“It displays some of the most callous and sadistic actions involving animals that I’ve ever seen,” said Marcie Moriarty, the SPCA’s chief prevention and enforcement officer, on Monday. “It is extremely difficult to watch.”
The organization plans to recommend charges of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
CTV reported that in addition to the BC SPCA, Mercy for Animals has also filed a formal complaint with the RCMP, the Canadian Food inspection agency alleging “an ongoing pattern” of animal cruelty by Elite which is a licensed farm labor contractor hired to collect broiler chicken from across the province before delivering them to Lilydale/Sofina Foods Inc. slaughter plant in Port Coquitlam.