Babies' Necks Crushed
Within multiple farms operated by a Tesco chicken supplier we discovered hundreds of baby chicks - deemed too small or too weak by farm workers - to be callously killed each week. They might not grow to be quite as big as their flockmates, so it’s considered more profitable to break their necks than provide them with food and water. Workers were seen using unusual methods to do this, such as by crushing the birds' necks on a bucket or a wellington boot. To make matters worse, this appears to be done ineffectively in some cases, causing chicks to writhe around for minutes after their necks have been painfully broken. Distressingly, these deaths weren't just anomolies. In one shed, a staggering 500 birds died in just one day.