Tell the Turkey Industry to Stop Scalding Animals Alive
I worked at a Lilydale turkey slaughterhouse in Canada and was sickened by the horrific animal abuse and suffering I witnessed there.
I saw workers yank turkeys out of transport crates and violently shackle them upside down on the slaughter line. The frightened birds were then dragged through an electrified vat of water, painfully shocked but still conscious and able to feel pain when their throats were cut open. Many were still alive when they were submerged in hot water tanks and scalded to death.
Using hidden cameras, I recorded it all. I also reported these heartbreaking abuses to management, but saw no corrective actions taken. In fact, everything I witnessed is considered standard practice at turkey slaughterhouses across the country. The workers I spoke with agreed that these animals are essentially tortured to death. Their suffering is almost unimaginable.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Please join me in calling on Lilydale’s parent company, Sofina Foods, to end the worst forms of animal abuse at its facilities, including swiftly ending live-shackle slaughter in favor of less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by shackling, shocking, cutting open, and scalding conscious animals.
Because of caring people like you who sign petitions like this and use their voices to speak up for the voiceless, we have already seen some of the biggest food companies in North America make important animal welfare changes that significantly reduce the suffering of millions of animals.
For example, after hearing from thousands of people through Change.org, Maple Leaf Foods, the largest meat producer in Canada, committed to ending the torture of birds at its slaughterhouses by switching to less cruel slaughter systems. It’s time for Sofina Foods to do the same.
Please, take a moment to sign my petition calling on Sofina Foods to stop torturing turkeys and adopt meaningful animal welfare standards.
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Colleen Hiscock (VP, Research and Development)
- Sofina Foods
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- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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- Sofina Foods
Dear Sofina Foods,
I just watched hidden-camera video of animals being tortured to death at a Lilydale slaughterhouse.
This is outrageous! The footage shows turkeys violently shackled upside down, painfully shocked with electricity, cut open, and even scalded in vats of hot water—all while still alive and able to feel pain.
This is sickening cruelty that no company with morals should support.
As one of the biggest poultry producers in Canada, you have the power and the responsibility to end this needless suffering for millions of animals.
I am writing to ask that Sofina Foods move quickly to adopt meaningful animal welfare policies to end the worst forms of animal abuse it its supply chain:
• End live-shackle slaughter methods in favor of less cruel systems that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by dumping, shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals
• Provide birds on the farm with access to natural light, environmental enrichments, and enough space to engage in natural behaviors
• Prevent lameness through improved genetic selection and monitoring programs
• Adopt a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse and install video monitoring systems that live stream to the internet to deter egregious acts of violence against animals
These are common-sense changes that would greatly alleviate needless suffering for millions of animals.
Maple Leaf Foods, the largest meat producer in Canada, has already committed to ending the torture of birds at its slaughterhouses by switching to less cruel systems. It’s time for Sofina Foods to do the same.
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