Puerto Rico’s Largest Poultry Company Implements a More Humane Killing Method

January 2002

After viewing a videotape of workers bludgeoning “unusable” chickens with baseball bats and later breaking their necks, PETA sent information to the president of Puerto Rico’s largest poultry company about using gas killing as a more humane alternative. We also provided contacts who could help establish a gassing system.

After several months of correspondence and discussions, the company agreed to switch to gas killing for about 100,000. Poultry welfare experts agree that gas killing is far more humane than cervical dislocation, bludgeoning, or decapitation on a mass scale.

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