Fire Employees Who Allegedly Scalded Live Chickens


Target: Ron Foster, CEO of Foster Farms

Goal: Fire employees who allegedly abused chickens at a Foster Farms slaughterhouse.

Mercy for Animals released an undercover video of apparent inhumane treatment of chickens at Foster Farms factory in Fresno, California. The video reportedly shows employees throwing, punching and plucking live birds, and slamming boxes of chicks onto the ground. The footage allegedly shows that some chickens were not able to move after being thrown around. The animal rights group also reports that the footage shows chickens being scalded alive in the plucking tank after they missed the slaughter knife.

The video was shot recently at the Fresno slaughterhouse and the surrounding company farms. After the footage was released, a veterinarian reported that she had no doubt that those animals “suffered terribly.” The abuse allegedly shown in the video is a deliberate effort to make the chickens suffer. Foster Farms responded to the allegations by saying they believe in the most humane treatment of animals and that the abuse reported on is against their strong belief in animal welfare.

The factory is now under investigation for animal cruelty under the Fresno police department. Mercy for Animals holds to their position while the investigation continues and states that too many cruel factories in this country hold the American Humane Seal of Approval. They claim that the fault lies with the rate at which workers are expected to work in such factories, which leaves them to do a poor job.

Since the allegations against the company have come to light, Foster Farms has suspended five employees. If the investigation reveals these claims to be true, the company must fire the employees responsible for animal cruelty. Please sign this petition to demand that the employees are immediately fired if found guilty.


Dear Ron Foster,

A video was recently released by Mercy for Animals depicting animal cruelty in the Foster Farms Fresno slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens being scalded alive, punched, and thrown to the ground. The acts are clearly deliberate, which makes the cruelty even more disturbing.

As of now, Foster Farms has suspended five employees for the duration of the investigation. If the allegations are proven true, the company must fire all employees responsible for such horrific animal abuse. These acts are not only illegal, but also an unnecessary evil. Please support the firing of these individuals and ensure that these practices are not continued in your factories across the United States.


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Photo Credit: Larry Rana

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  1. Shame on Foster Farms for pretending to be HUMANE CERTIFIED, which clearly they are not! Fire the employees who brutalized living helpless chickens. Clean up your facility. I will no longer buy your bogus “humane” meats until you treat the animals better!

  2. “Of all the creatures ever made [man] is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one…that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.” Mark Twain–Shame on you Foster Farms; if you permit this kind of abuse–you’re promoting it.

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