What does that “American Humane Certified” label on chicken meat really mean?
The answer: surprisingly little.
Bob Barker, TV legend and former host of The Price Is Right, is calling out the American Humane Association following a new hidden-camera investigation by Mercy For Animals exposing malicious animal abuse at Foster Farms—a massive chicken producer deemed “humane” by AHA.
The shocking undercover video, narrated by Mr. Barker, is some of the most sickening factory farming footage we have ever gathered. In many instances, Foster Farms workers appear to take pleasure in tormenting and abusing animals. The disturbing video shows:
- Chickens violently thrown, punched, and cruelly mishandled as they are violently slammed upside down into metal shackles on the slaughter line
- Workers ripping out the feathers of live birds for fun and flinging chickens around their bodies as if they were doing basketball handling drills
- Birds picked up by their wings, necks, or a single leg and pushed, shoved, and thrown to other workers several feet away
- Animals scalded alive in hot water feather-removal tanks
- Workers forcefully throwing newly hatched chicks onto the ground with no regard for their welfare and chickens run over by transport trucks
Unfortunately, AHA “standards” allow for sickening cruelty and fall far below those of virtually every other humane certification program, barely exceeding even the minimal standards set by the factory farming industry itself. The AHA program, which covers more than 1 billion animals in the U.S., is little more than a rubber stamp for some of the cruelest factory farming practices.
Please join Bob Barker and MFA in calling on American Humane Association and Foster Farms to put an end to blatant animal abuse and adopt truly meaningful standards to help eliminate some of the worst forms of factory farm cruelty.