PETA simply obtained U.S. Division of Agriculture paperwork revealing that 1,000 chickens had been killed in a horrific hearth that engulfed a chicken-transport truck at Costco provider Lincoln Premium Poultry (LPP) in Fremont, Nebraska, on June 17. Of the 6,000 chickens caged on the trailer, 1,000 died and had been “utterly burnt” and one other 1,500 had been injured within the 50-minute hearth.
In accordance with the paperwork, the truck caught hearth after the rear wheels “exploded” in “enormous flames.” LPP administration blamed the hearth on overheated brakes, and an LPP whistleblower informed PETA that they suspected the truck driver had left the emergency brake on.
LPP employees broke the necks of chickens who had escaped from the burning trailer and killed all different survivors by gassing them with carbon dioxide over the course of practically 4 hours.
PETA is looking on the Dodge County Lawyer’s Workplace to cost these accountable beneath state regulation, as a result of federal officers haven’t prosecuted any inspected slaughterhouses for acts equivalent to these at LPP since at the very least 2007.
This isn’t the primary time chickens have died in egregiously merciless methods at LPP. In 2021, roughly 30,500 chickens had been denied meals and water for 25 hours on crowded transport vans and at the very least 1,622 of them had been discovered lifeless the following day—however Costco didn’t cease getting rooster from LPP after that incident. It simply goes to indicate the struggling that chickens endure within the cut-rate meat business.
Taking Motion for Chickens
Chickens—who can recall the faces and social order of greater than 100 different birds—ought to by no means be subjected to the cramped, excessive situations of transport vans, helpless to flee when their lives are so clearly at risk. However not all people have moved previous accepting this sort of cruelty, which the meat business has made more durable to doc—in no small half by means of “ag-gag” legal guidelines that make it harder to reveal. PETA’s “Hell on Wheels” truck brings the stark actuality to the folks: It exposes observers to the horrors that chickens who’re killed for meals endure each day.
The easiest way you’ll be able to assist scale back this sort of mindless struggling is by going vegan, which saves practically 200 lives a 12 months. Being vegan means you gained’t take part in funding the industries that torment animals as LPP does—all with little to no oversight.