A video secretly recorded by the Humane Society of the United States caught a Georgia poultry farmer hitting a chicken with a metal rod.
The incident prompted Pilgrim’s Pride, a major chicken producer, to cut ties with the owner of Plainview Farm in Hull.
Pilgrim’s Pride has “taken steps to suspend the delivery of birds to the farm and provide proper notice of contract termination to the grower,” a Pilgrim’s Pride spokesman said.
The video was made at Plainview Farm in Hull by a man representing the Humane Society of the United States, according to a release from the organization.
Pilgrim’s Pride said it independently investigated the matter and determined that the actions portrayed are in conflict with animal-welfare training it provides to farm owners who sign contracts pledging to treat livestock according to its standards.
“Ensuring the well-being of the chickens under our care is an uncompromising commitment at Pilgrim’s,” the company stated.
The company requires growers to sign a compliance form every year confirming they have received animal-welfare training.