In 2009, Compassion Over Killing conducted an undercover investigation at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries in California. They discovered horrible neglect and cruelty, including baby chicks getting caught in machinery or tossed aside and left to die slowly.
When they turned over their video footage to Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority and the District Attorney's Office, the follow-up investigation corroborated their evidence and led to the confiscation of 88 ducklings, over half of which had to be euthanized.
A year later, the District Attorney's Office said they were not going to prosecute.
California is one of the few states where the law doesn't distinguish between pets and food animals. Although the District Attorney's office says the evidence isn't sufficient, it's hard to believe that they wouldn't be pursuing this case if it had happened to puppies or kittens.
Giving these chicks their day in court could redefine the way animal cruelty is perceived in animal agriculture. Ask the District Attorney to reconsider their decision and hold Cal-Cruz Hatcheries responsible for their abusive practices.
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