An anti-animal abuse organization says it has evidence a chicken farm in Puckett, Mississippi is responsible for animal cruelty.
Mercyforanimals.orgis a national non-profit animal abuse organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals.
On Wednesday morning, the group issued a news release linking to pictures and videos they say were taken inside the Koch Farms.
They say the undercover video shows workers “kicking chickens like footballs and violently throwing them into transport crates, and that it “shows chickens crowded into filthy sheds, suffering from bloody open wounds and infections, and being kicked, thrown, and dropped by workers.”
Mercy For Animals is now demanding that Koch Foods, and “its customer Chick-fil-A, adopt strict new animal welfare standards to prevent future abuse.”
But Chik-fil-a says they are not a customer of Koch Foods.
A spokesperson from the restaurant chain released a statement denying current connections to the farm in question.
"The animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals is releasing an investigation today regarding the treatment of chickens at a farm in Puckett, Mississippi, and a poultry slaughterhouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both facilities are owned by Chicago-based Koch Foods, which has not been a supplier for Chick-fil-A since April of 2013. As a values-based organization, we strictly partner with suppliers who share in our goal of responsible environmental stewardship, and maintain our values throughout all animal welfare and management practices. We wholly support the humane treatment of all animals and do not condone their mistreatment at any point along the supply chain."
To learn more about the group behind this investigation: click here.