Pilgrims Pride Natchitoches plant one of the nine worst in country
Posted on 11/19/2014 11:36:00 AM.
The Pilgrims Pride plant in Natchitoches is listed as one of the nine worst chicken plants in the nation for animal cruelty.  The list was compiled by Farm Sanctuary and the Animal Welfare Institute.  

Farm Sanctuary director of policy, Bruce Friedrich, says they obtained plant violation information from the federal government through the Freedom of Information Act.
"We looked at the plants that got the most citations for acts that constitute cruelty to animals and that Pilgrims plant was one of the nine worst in the country."

He says Pilgrims Pride is responsible for almost a fifth of all poultry production in the United States and they have three plants on the list.  Friedrich says one violation that put the Natchitoches plant on the list was the report of workers routinely throwing live birds into bags of dead on arrival birds.

"Where they would dehydrate to death and that was found multiple times.  They also had bad protocols for cold weather which caused many animals to freeze to death."

In a statement, Pilgrims Farms says the plant has addressed the concerns raised through voluntary corrective actions to ensure compliance with their internal policies and state and federal laws.  But Friedrich says it's not enough for the company to say we'll do better next time.

"They should be significantly sanctioned under the Poultry Products Inspection Act and this illegal activity should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Pilgrims Pride, Farm Sanctuary, Animal Welfare Institute, Bruce Friedrich

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