A new shocking undercover video shows live chickens being tossed into a burial pit that is filled with dead poultry and sealed over.
The video (below) is called "Pilgrim’s Shame: Chickens Buried Alive" and was secretly filmed by an employee with the animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing at Prince Poultry, the second largest poultry producer in the U.S., reports AlterNet.org.
Prince Poultry kills about a million chickens every year for Pilgrim's Pride, which in turn provides chicken for Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and Burger King, and grocery stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Publix.
The Compassion Over Killing employee posed as a college intern while filming the disturbing video at the Prince Poultry chicken farm near Raleigh, N.C.
“We’re going to drop them in the pit just like they are,” a real Prince Poultry employee says on the video. “You dump them in there and then Mother Nature takes care of the rest. You go in there in the summertime, and it smells real nice over there. If you look down in there, it’s like a gravy that’s simmering and squirming.”
In response to the video, Poultry Prince owner Tim Prince told CNN, “She's taken six weeks of work and narrowed it down to a few bad things I’ve done. And I’ve done it. It's obvious. She took just a very minute little things that we’ve done wrong.”
However, the Compassion Over Killing employee told CNN, "I saw cruel practices every day I was on the farm from the first day to the final day. I'd say everything that you see in the footage is standard there.”
Prince says he would change how some things are done at his farm, but is worried that the video may hurt his business.
North Carolina State Sen. Brent Jackson (R) wants to ban undercover videos such as this one, but refused to talk about his efforts: “I don’t have anything to say to CNN."
There's hardly any federal oversight over chicken farms, so undercover activists who shoot these types of videos are usually the only way abuse is discovered.
Idaho, Missouri and Utah have already passed so-called “ag-gag” laws to censor undercover videos, which many say are protected under free speech.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we have retrained the grower in question and his employees,” Pilgrim's Pride said in a statement to CNN. “Pilgrim's prioritizes the welfare of our chickens, whether under our direct care or under the care of our contract growers. The proper treatment of animals is one of our core beliefs."