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Disturbing Glimpse into the Cruel Chicken Industry – Warning: Graphic Video

Disturbing Glimpse into the Cruel Chicken Industry – Warning: Graphic Video

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warning_male_chicks(OrganicJar) Thrown, dropped, mutilated, and ground-up alive. This is the shocking reality faced by hundreds of thousands of chicks each day at the world’s largest egg-laying breed hatchery – Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa.

New hidden camera footage obtained at this facility during a Mercy For Animals undercover investigation gives a disturbing glimpse into the cruel and industrialized reality of modern hatcheries.

The warm, comforting, and protective wings of these newly hatched chicks’ mothers have been replaced with massive machines, quickly moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and distressing noise. These young animals are sorted, discarded, and handled like mere cogs in a machine.

For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as “sexers,” who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine – tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator.

Over 30 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility.

For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker – a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country.

The callous disregard for animal welfare at this facility is not isolated. In fact, the conditions documented during this investigation are completely standard and acceptable within the commercial egg industry. Referred to by Hy-Line corporate leaders as mere “genetic products,” these chicks are treated just as they are viewed – as inanimate objects, rather than the sentient creatures they are.


Egg producers have gone to great lengths to hide their cruel practices from consumers. Grocery aisles from coast-to-coast are stocked with egg cartons featuring idyllic images of free-roaming hens and crowing roosters. These deceptive marketing gimmicks conceal the cruel and violent nature of industrial hatcheries and egg factory farms.

Consumers have a right to know the truth behind egg production.

Citing the troubling findings of this investigation, Mercy For Animals is calling on the nation’s 50 largest grocery chains to require that all eggs sold in their stores bear a label reading, “Warning: Male chicks are ground-up alive by the egg industry.”

Hopefully, armed with the sobering truth, consumers nationwide will be able to make informed and compassionate food choices.

Driven by consumer demand, the egg industry will continue to exploit, abuse, and kill day-old animals as long as doing so remains profitable. Empowered consumers can put their ethics on the table by choosing kindness over cruelty at each meal by adopting an animal-friendly vegan diet.

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  • Go Vegan! – Every time we sit down to eat, we can choose compassion over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy and eggs is perhaps the single most important and powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to animals.

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    Visit ChooseVeg.com for egg-less recipes and view a cooking demonstration video on replacing eggs when baking or using your favorite old recipes. You’ll also find tips for making the transition to a vegan diet and for eating vegan on a budget.

  • Spread the Word – Forward this article on your favorite social networks, such as Facebook, MySpace and Friendster, and pass the word on Twitter and your favorite blogs. Don’t forget to send a link to MFA’s investigation to your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family.
  • Urge Dunkin’ Donuts to Stop Using Eggs. – Dunkin’ Donuts is the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain serving more than 3 million customers daily. Ask the company to cut the cruelty and go egg-free.
  • Make a Donation – Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help Mercy For Animals continue our vital work of exposing cruelty to animals.


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  1. Horrific. Is there any option other than vegan for people who won’t give up eggs? Are eggs sold at Trader Joe’s and other cage-free sellers coming from similar conditions?

  2. I buy my eggs from a local farm only. That is soooo horrbiel!

  3. I’d also like to know about other non-vegan options. I too buy organic cage-free eggs, but have often wondered how much better that is when they come from companies that also offer non-organic, non-cage free options, like Egglands Best. Are they just pulling the wool over consumers eyes? When I can, I buy eggs from my local farmers market. The sellers there, I truly believe, do try to keep their animals in a more humane way.

  4. I eat eggs and meat. I prefer the animals to live a peaceful life and go to slaughter quickly though, vs mistreatment. If I can I raise and kill my own meat purchases, but I can not always do this.

    Look up the Kosher racket, most food in America is “certified kosher”. I wonder if the large maltreatment of commercial animals is related to this?

  5. I’m used to thinking of hens laying eggs in hutches, and wonder what is this about grinding up chicks. What do they do with the ground chicks? Is it animal food?

  6. I was wondering the same thing. I’m about 90% sure its used as animal feed. :(

  7. Our nation kills our own children every year, with little after thought if any. What makes you think they will care about these chicks? It is always about the money.

  8. This truly is disturbing and heartbreaking. God made all creatures, humans and animals out of love. He’s against cruelty and so am I! Thank you for the article to make us more aware.

  9. The 2004 documentary Super Size Me states that the McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, originally made from old chickens no longer able to lay eggs, are now made from chickens with unusually large breasts. These chickens are stripped down to the bone, and then “ground up into a chicken mash then combined with a variety of stabilizers and preservatives, pressed into familiar shapes, breaded and deep fried, freeze dried, and then shipped to a McDonald’s near you

  10. this absolutely breaks my heart.

  11. That is so wrong and sad. I've cut out meat from my diet. Everyone I know just ignores the issue or thinks I'm crazy for actually caring about the welfare of animals, but I'm trying to spread the word. If people even ate meat humanely raised (like what you buy at Whole Foods), I'd be much happier.

  12. That’s great to hear you don’t eat meat. How do you get all your protein? cheers!

  13. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but
    your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road. Many thanks

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