Hatchery Horrors (VIDEO)

Hidden camera footage from an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals displays the harsh reality of modern hatcheries.

“For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as “sexers,” who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine – tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator.

Over 30 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility.

For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery, they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker – a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country.

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Photo credit: MFA


Colin D.
Colin Denchfield5 years ago

Desiree, you say you only eat meat reared on a local farm - are the animals from that farm not slaughtered in a slaughterhouse? If not and they are actually slaughtered on site I'd be interested to hear how the animals are killed. I'm sceptical of the term "humanely slaughtered" that you used. I doubt very much whether there is such a thing - other than giving the animal a lethal injection, which ofcourse, would render it unusable.

Rose N.
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Desiree Lange
Desiree Lange5 years ago

Oh My God! I cant watch! OK so I do eat meat but only organic and humanely killed meat. We get it from a local farm. But this is so wrong. It makes me sick! That is no way to treat any living thing! Outrageous!

Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

The best way to honor and protect animals EVERYDAY is to not eat them.

Fight cruelty with your fork; have compassion on your plate; increase social justice with every meal.

For more info about the *many* benefits of vegetarianism (and the many problems with the production and consumption of meat), please visit (and share)

Eco-Eating at www.brook.com/veg

Karilyn K.
Karilyn K.5 years ago

I heard about this last year and stopped eating eggs - I use vegan Egg Replacer http://www.ener-g.com/egg-replacer.html or Tofu in my recipes.
Healthy, tasty and cruelty free : )

Henriette Matthijssen

I do not watch cruelty videos! It takes a special breed of people (sadistic) to do this horrid cruelty to a living being. Go Vegan.

Bill K.
Bill K.5 years ago

most chickens labeled free range or humane came from these same hatcheries

Chris P.
Chris P.5 years ago

This sucks

Manuela C.
Manuela C.5 years ago

I didn't see the video, I've seen that one or a similar before, and I just don't want to see it again! It's horrible! I only buy/use "home-laid" eggs.

Ryan M.
Ryan M.5 years ago

How many this horrible thing?