You may have heard of Mercy for Animals, the activist group that’s made a name for itself with undercover videos exposing harsh treatment of farm animals.
Their hidden-camera video of Chilliwack dairy cows being beaten and hit with chains resulted in 20 counts of animal cruelty being laid.
Now, they’ve published a video of an Abbotsford turkey slaughterhouse described as being “like a horror movie.”
LISTEN: Mercy for Animals explains their newest video
Mercy for Animals Canada Vice-President Krista Hiddema says what their hidden camera captured on a visit to the Lilydale facility is horrific.
“They were yanking turkeys out of transport crates, they were violently shackling them upside down on the slaughter line, included were very severely sick, injured and dying turkeys that were also shackled upside down… they were dragged through vats of electrified water, they were painfully shocked … they then had their throats sliced open and then they were dunked into scalding tanks. And all still alive and able to feel pain.”
But as shocking as many people will find that, Hiddema says what surprises even more people is that what’s pictured in the video is both perfectly legal and standard operating procedure in the poultry industry.
“At least 99% of all birds slaughtered in Canada are slaughtered in the way you saw in that video.”
“Even the workers themselves called the practice ‘Like a horror movie,’ and certainly that is a very accurate description.”
WATCH: Mercy for Animals undercover Lilydale video. (CAUTION – Graphic images, viewer discretion advised)
Hiddema says her group thinks the best way to prevent animal cruelty is to simply not eat meat.
But she says they also understand many people won’t make that choice, and the next best option is to pressure producers to adopt less cruel practices.
She says right now they’re pressing the poultry industry to change its standards.
“It does take the exposure and really pulling back the curtains of what happens inside these facilities to bring about change.”
Mercy for Animals has launched a petition calling for Lilydale to adopt more humane slaughtering practices, and she’s also calling on people to write the company.