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On industrial farms and in slaughterhouses, farmed animals endure shocking abuse, out of sight and out of mind. But a team of MFA undercover investigators, wired with hidden cameras, is risking it all to pull back the curtains of these cruel and secretive industries, leading to landmark changes along the way..

You won’t believe how chickens in Canada are treated. Watch the shocking video now.

New hidden-camera video from inside Maple Lodge Farms—Canada’s biggest poultry producer—reveals disgusting cruelty to animals, including workers violently slamming birds upside down into metal shackles and breaking their wings and legs, chickens cut open while still conscious and breathing, and animals arriving at the slaughterhouse frozen solid after they were trucked through freezing weather. Watch the video, and then take action!

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Past Investigations

Animal abuse runs rampant within the meat, dairy, and egg industries. With no federal
laws regulating the treatment of animals on factory farms, cruelty has become the norm.

Pork

Seaboard Foods
Colorado, 2015

At Seaboard Foods—a Walmart pork supplier—workers viciously beat and strike pigs on their faces and backs with heavy cans and boards. Other pigs are shown suffering from injuries and illness, packed into filthy, overcrowded pens.

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  • Seaboard Foods

    Colorado, 2015

    Seaboard Foods
    Colorado, 2015

    At Seaboard Foods—a Walmart pork supplier—workers viciously beat and strike pigs on their faces and backs with heavy cans and boards. Other pigs are shown suffering from injuries and illness, packed into filthy, overcrowded pens.

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  • Seaboard Foods

    Colorado, 2014

    Seaboard Foods
    Colorado, 2014

    Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix narrates this disturbing hidden-camera video at a pork supplier to Walmart. The Twittersphere exploded with celebrity tweets by Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Moby, and others calling on Walmart to stop the torture of mother pigs. 

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  • Western Hog Exchange

    Alberta, 2014

    Western Hog Exchange
    Alberta, 2014

    Canada’s livestock transport regulations are the worst in the Western world, and lag far behind both the European Union and the United States. Farmed animals are often trucked thousands of miles, for days, without any food, water, or rest, resulting in the deaths of millions of animals each year.

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  • Tyson Pork Group

    Oklahoma, 2013

    Tyson Pork Group
    Oklahoma, 2013

    Hidden-camera footage shows sadistic animal abuse at this Walmart pork supplier, including workers throwing a bowling ball at a pig's head, kicking, throwing, hitting, and body slamming baby pigs, and cramming pregnant pigs for life in gestation crates so small they can’t even turn around.  

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  • Pipestone System

    Minnesota, 2013

    Pipestone System
    Minnesota, 2013

    At this Walmart pork supplier owned by the president of the National Pork Producers Council, workers were exposed violently slamming conscious piglets headfirst against the ground, ripping out their testicles without painkillers, and confining pregnant pigs in filthy, fly-infested gestation crates.  

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  • Puratone

    Manitoba, 2012

    Puratone
    Manitoba, 2012

    The extreme animal abuse documented inside this Canadian hog factory farm sparked far-reaching media coverage and opened the eyes of millions of people to the plights of thousands of pigs who are crammed into filthy, metal gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies.

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  • Christensen Farms

    Minnesota, 2012

    Christensen Farms
    Minnesota, 2012

    This groundbreaking investigation led Costco, the third-largest grocery chain in America, and Kmart, the third-largest discount store in the world, to commit to phasing out gestation crates in their pork supply chains, leaving Walmart alone in its continued support of this torturous confinement system. 

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  • Iowa Select

    Iowa, 2011

    Iowa Select
    Iowa, 2011

    Working undercover at Iowa’s largest pig factory farm, an investigator exposed the horrific plights of mother pigs confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies. The investigation also showed workers throwing piglets across the room and comparing the act to a “roller coaster ride.”

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  • Country View

    Pennsylvania, 2009

    Country View
    Pennsylvania, 2009

    This investigation provides a jarring glimpse into the nightmarish world of pork production, including the standard practice of keeping thousands of pregnant pigs confined in gestation crates—two-foot-wide metal stalls so small the animals can’t turn around or lie down comfortably. 

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Chicken

Maple Lodge Farms
Ontario, 2015

At Maple Lodge Farms birds are violently slammed into metal shackles before being painfully shocked with electricity and having their throats cut open while still conscious and able to feel pain, and countless animals freeze to death during transport.

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  • Maple Lodge Farms

    Ontario, 2015

    Maple Lodge Farms
    Ontario, 2015

    At Maple Lodge Farms birds are violently slammed into metal shackles before being painfully shocked with electricity and having their throats cut open while still conscious and able to feel pain, and countless animals freeze to death during transport.

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  • Wayne Farms

    North Carolina, 2015

    Wayne Farms
    North Carolina, 2015

    Undercover footage from a poultry supplier to Gordon Food Service—the largest private foodservice distributor in North America—has exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including baby birds violently slammed into metal shackles before being painfully shocked with electricity and having their throats cut open.

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  • Koch Foods

    Mississippi and Tennessee, 2014

    Koch Foods
    Mississippi and Tennessee, 2014

    Sam Simon, the terminally ill co-creator of The Simpsons, took a bite out of Chick-fil-A over its cruel treatment of chickens in this shocking exposé. Video shows workers violently slamming birds into crates, shackling them upside down, and scalding them alive in hot water tanks. 

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  • Horizon Hatchery

    Ontario, 2014

    Horizon Hatchery
    Ontario, 2014

    At this Maple Leaf Foods chicken hatchery, baby chicks are flung by their fragile wings and slammed into metal dividers, live chicks are sent through a scalding washing machine, burned, and drowned, and birds are overloaded and roughly crammed into macerators to be ground up alive.

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Dairy

Andrus Dairy
Wisconsin, 2014

At this dairy supplier to Great Lakes Cheese—one of the largest cheese producers in the country—workers were caught on video viciously punching, kicking, and beating cows, hacking off their tails with pruning shears, and dragging them by their necks with ropes attached to tractors.

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  • Andrus Dairy

    Wisconsin, 2014

    Andrus Dairy
    Wisconsin, 2014

    At this dairy supplier to Great Lakes Cheese—one of the largest cheese producers in the country—workers were caught on video viciously punching, kicking, and beating cows, hacking off their tails with pruning shears, and dragging them by their necks with ropes attached to tractors.

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  • Winchester Dairy

    New Mexico, 2014

    Winchester Dairy
    New Mexico, 2014

    Once again, a Mercy For Animals investigator uncovered criminal cruelty to animals—this time at a milk supplier to Leprino Foods, the world's largest maker of mozzarella cheese. Leprino is a major cheese supplier to Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's.

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  • Chilliwack Cattle Sales

    Vancouver, 2014

    Chilliwack Cattle Sales
    Vancouver, 2014

    This investigation at the largest dairy in Canada led to a raid by law enforcement and recommendations of criminal charges against eight workers for kicking, punching, and beating cows in the face and body, and using chains and tractors to lift sick or injured animals by their necks. 

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  • Wiese Brothers Farms

    Wisconsin, 2013

    Wiese Brothers Farms
    Wisconsin, 2013

    This stomach-turning investigation led Nestlé, the world's largest food company, to commit to improving farmed animal welfare across its entire global supply chain—covering over 90 countries—in what may be the most comprehensive and far-reaching animal welfare policy of its kind.

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  • Bettencourt Dairies

    Idaho, 2012

    Bettencourt Dairies
    Idaho, 2012

    Video taken at this Burger King cheese supplier led to the arrest of the manager and workers who were caught viciously beating and shocking cows, violently twisting their tails to inflict pain, and dragging a downed cow by her neck using a chain attached to a tractor. 

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  • E6 Cattle Co.

    Texas, 2011

    E6 Cattle Co.
    Texas, 2011

    Hidden-camera video footage of workers standing on the necks of baby calves, burning out their horns without painkillers, and bludgeoning them to death with pickaxes, caused the live-cattle stock price to drop, and led to the arrest and conviction of the facility owner. 

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  • Conklin Dairy Farms

    Ohio, 2010

    Conklin Dairy Farms
    Ohio, 2010

    This investigation has been credited with pushing the Ohio Farm Bureau to implement the most comprehensive set of animal welfare reforms ever enacted by a single state at one time, including a ban on veal crates and gestation crates, and a moratorium on new battery-cage egg facilities. 

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  • Willet Dairy

    New York, 2009

    Willet Dairy
    New York, 2009

    Calves having their tails cut off and horns burned out of their skulls without painkillers, workers hitting, kicking, and shocking cows, and animals forced to live in filthy and overcrowded sheds—these were just some of the abuses uncovered at New York’s largest dairy factory farm. 

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Eggs

Creekside Farms and Kuku Farms
Alberta, 2013

Undercover video taken at farms supplying McDonald's Canada’s exclusive egg provider reveals hens crammed inside tiny wire battery cages, workers smashing in the heads of baby birds and tossing live chicks into trash bags to suffocate, and dead hens left to rot in cages with live birds. 

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  • Creekside Farms and Kuku Farms

    Alberta, 2013

    Creekside Farms and Kuku Farms
    Alberta, 2013

    Undercover video taken at farms supplying McDonald's Canada’s exclusive egg provider reveals hens crammed inside tiny wire battery cages, workers smashing in the heads of baby birds and tossing live chicks into trash bags to suffocate, and dead hens left to rot in cages with live birds. 

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  • Sparboe Farms

    Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, 2011

    Sparboe Farms
    Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, 2011

    This investigation exposed the secret ingredient in McDonald’s Egg McMuffins: horrific animal abuse. After garnering international media attention, including on Good Morning America and 20/20, Target and Sam’s Club terminated their contracts with Sparboe Farms. 

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  • Hy-Line Hatchery

    Iowa, 2009

    Hy-Line Hatchery
    Iowa, 2009

    At the world’s largest hatchery for egg-laying chickens, day-old baby birds are thrown, mutilated without painkillers, and violently killed. This investigation, which sparked international outcry, revealed the standard egg industry practice of throwing unwanted male chicks into a macerator to be ground up alive. 

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  • Quality Egg of New England

    Maine, 2009

    Quality Egg of New England
    Maine, 2009

    This investigation prompted a raid by state police and led the owner of the facility to plead guilty to 10 counts of cruelty to animals, agree to pay over $130,000 in fines and restitution, and hand over authority to the state of Maine to conduct unannounced inspections for five years. 

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  • Gemperle Enterprises

    California, 2008

    Gemperle Enterprises
    California, 2008

    Covert footage recorded at one of the nation’s largest egg producers uncovered hens left to suffer from untreated injuries and infections and workers roughly cramming birds into cages, tearing birds out of cages by their fragile wings, kicking, stomping, and throwing them, and hurling them into “kill carts.”

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  • Norco Ranch

    California, 2008

    Norco Ranch
    California, 2008

    Just weeks before California voted on Proposition 2 to give egg-laying hens enough room to walk, stand, and stretch their limbs, MFA released this startling footage from inside the state’s largest egg producer. Prop 2 passed with overwhelming support, making California the first state to ban battery cages. 

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  • Ohio Fresh Eggs

    Ohio, 2004

    Ohio Fresh Eggs
    Ohio, 2004

    At Ohio’s largest egg factory farm, millions of hens are crammed into barren battery cages so small each bird has less living space than the size of a sheet of notebook paper for her entire life. From the time they hatch until they are violently killed, their lives are filled with misery and deprivation. 

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  • Weaver Brothers Egg Farm

    Ohio, 2002

    Weaver Brothers Egg Farm
    Ohio, 2002

    Video footage recorded at this United Egg Producers “Animal Care Certified” facility reveals hens coated in feces and packed in tiny cages, birds suffering from untreated infections, corpses left to rot on cage floors, birds trapped in cage wire, and a live hen left to die in a trash bin. 

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Turkey

Butterball
North Carolina, 2014

Hidden-camera video at this Butterball turkey hatchery shows birds having their sensitive toes and beaks cut and burned off without any painkillers, workers callously throwing and dropping these fragile animals, and sick or injured birds being thrown into a pit to be ground up alive.

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  • Butterball

    North Carolina, 2014

    Butterball
    North Carolina, 2014

    Hidden-camera video at this Butterball turkey hatchery shows birds having their sensitive toes and beaks cut and burned off without any painkillers, workers callously throwing and dropping these fragile animals, and sick or injured birds being thrown into a pit to be ground up alive.

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  • Hybrid Turkeys

    Ontario, 2014

    Hybrid Turkeys
    Ontario, 2014

    Video footage at the world’s largest primary turkey breeder shows workers kicking and throwing turkeys, crushing their spines, and violently beating them with shovels and metal rods. Turkeys with open, pus-filled wounds, rotting eyes, and festering infections were left to suffer and die.

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  • Butterball

    North Carolina, 2012

    Butterball
    North Carolina, 2012

    Less than a year after MFA’s first Butterball investigation led to criminal animal cruelty convictions of Butterball workers for kicking, beating, and throwing animals, new video footage from multiple turkey factory farms in North Carolina shows that animal abuse continues to run rampant at Butterball. 

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  • Butterball

    North Carolina, 2011

    Butterball
    North Carolina, 2011

    Video footage of Butterball workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their wings and necks, and slamming them into transport crates resulted in the arrest and conviction of several Butterball workers, including the first-ever felony conviction in U.S. history for cruelty to factory-farmed birds. 

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  • House of Raeford Farms

    North Carolina, 2007

    House of Raeford Farms
    North Carolina, 2007

    An MFA investigator secretly filmed workers throwing, punching, kicking, and ripping the heads off of live birds. The investigation also revealed conscious and thrashing turkeys having their throats cut open—spotlighting the disturbing result of exempting birds from the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. 

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Veal

Délimax Veal
Quebec, 2014

Following a gut-wrenching investigation at this Délimax-affiliated veal factory farm in Canada’s largest veal-producing province, Quebec’s veal producers federation and Canada’s top grocery chains, including Metro, Loblaws, and Sobeys, committed to ending the sale of veal from crated calves by 2018.

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  • Délimax Veal

    Quebec, 2014

    Délimax Veal
    Quebec, 2014

    Following a gut-wrenching investigation at this Délimax-affiliated veal factory farm in Canada’s largest veal-producing province, Quebec’s veal producers federation and Canada’s top grocery chains, including Metro, Loblaws, and Sobeys, committed to ending the sale of veal from crated calves by 2018.

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  • Buckeye Veal Farm

    Ohio, 2010

    Buckeye Veal Farm
    Ohio, 2010

    Following this investigation, Costco, the third-largest grocery chain in America, adopted a policy against purchasing veal from producers who use the crate-and-chain production method, and Bob Barker, host of The Price Is Right, urged consumers nationwide to boycott veal and dairy. 

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Other

Reichardt Duck Farm
California, 2014

At Reichardt Duck Farm, one of the largest duck factory farms in the country, workers burn the bills of baby birds with searing-hot metal and leave ducks painfully trapped in cage wire or manure pits to slowly suffer and die from lack of food and water.

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  • Reichardt Duck Farm

    California, 2014

    Reichardt Duck Farm
    California, 2014

    At Reichardt Duck Farm, one of the largest duck factory farms in the country, workers burn the bills of baby birds with searing-hot metal and leave ducks painfully trapped in cage wire or manure pits to slowly suffer and die from lack of food and water.

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  • Livestock Markets

    Mississippi and Tennessee, 2014

    Livestock Markets
    Mississippi and Tennessee, 2014

    Charges of a total of 49 counts of criminal animal cruelty were filed against 10 workers at two livestock auctions in Mississippi after an MFA investigator documented sheep, goats, pigs, and other animals being kicked, shocked, beaten, dragged by their ears and tails, and deprived of food and water. 

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  • Hudson Valley Foie Gras

    New York, 2013

    Hudson Valley Foie Gras
    New York, 2013

    French for fatty liver, “foie gras” is produced by shoving pipes down the throats of ducks and force-feeding them until their livers swell up to 10 times the normal size. This investigation exposes this violent and often fatal practice at an Amazon.com foie gras supplier. 

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  • Ontario Livestock Sales

    California, 2012

    Ontario Livestock Sales
    California, 2012

    After this investigation exposed an ongoing pattern of extreme cruelty and neglect at one of the oldest and largest livestock auctions in southern California, including sick or injured animals left to suffer and slowly die, the owner and several workers were convicted of criminal cruelty to animals. 

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  • Illegal Slaughter Operation

    California, 2011

    Illegal Slaughter Operation
    California, 2011

    This hidden-camera footage led to the arrest and conviction of Roberto Celedon for criminal acts related to his illegal slaughter operation in Los Angeles County. During a raid of the facility, animal control officers seized dozens of sick and injured animals who are now rehabilitated at a sanctuary.  

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  • Catfish Corner

    Texas, 2010

    Catfish Corner
    Texas, 2010

    Workers cutting, slicing, skinning, suffocating, and dismembering live and fully conscious catfish are just some of the sickening images caught on video at this Texas fish slaughter facility. MFA used this investigation to push for new legislation to prohibit “skinning and dismembering of all live, conscious animals,” including fish. 

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