What does that “American Humane Certified” label on your chicken really mean?

The answer: surprisingly little. A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals sickening cruelty to animals at Foster Farms—an American Humane Certified poultry producer—including birds scalded alive and workers throwing, punching, and tormenting chickens before violently shackling them upside down to have their throats cut open.

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Bred for Pain

Foster Farms chickens have been bred to grow so fast they often suffer painful leg deformities. Crammed into windowless sheds, their lives are filled with misery.


At this American Humane Certified chicken factory farm, workers carelessly throw baby chicks onto the ground with no regard for their welfare.


Workers punch, beat, and torment animals before violently slamming them into metal shackles and sending them to have their throats cut open.

Scalded Alive

Birds often go through the entire slaughter process completely conscious and able to feel pain, and end up scalded alive in hot water tanks.

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