California poultry producer Foster Farms says suspended five employees this week after an animal rights group released undercover footage of chickens being abused.
According to the Associated Press, the suspended employees were either involved in the abuse or did not report it to management
The video, shot by Mercy For Animals, allegedly shows workers at the company’s Fresno facilities ripping out feathers of live birds, throwing birds and slamming chickens into metal shackles.
Fresno police say they are investigating the allegations in response to a complaint from Mercy for Animals. The company is in full cooperation with authorities.
Foster Farms called the behavior in the video inappropriate and “counter to our stringent animal welfare standards, procedures and policies.
“We believe raising chickens humanely is simply the right thing to do, and we take our commitment to humane values very seriously,” the company said.