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Petitioning Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office

Prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries for Animal Cruelty


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.

Letter to
Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office
I recently saw the video footage of the undercover investigation of Cal-Cruz Hatcheries conducted by Compassion Over Killing in 2009. The video shows baby chicks being mangled by machinery, drowning in liquid waste, and tossed aside, left to die slowly.

I urge you to reconsider your decision not to prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries. In addition to the video provided by Compassion Over Killing, a follow-up investigation corroborated their evidence and led to the confiscation of 88 ducklings, most of which were too sick or injured to survive.

The law in California doesn't discriminate between pets and food animals, and, as concerned citizens, neither should you and I. This blatant cruelty and neglect should not be tolerated against any animal. Please help put an end to this abuse by giving the Cal-Cruz chicks their day in court.