Chicks allegedly cooked alive at Ont. hatchery

A still image of chicks being sorted by gender at the Horizon Poultry facility in Hanover, Ont.

A still image of chicks being sorted by gender at the Horizon Poultry facility in Hanover, Ont.

Patrick Bales and Rob Gowan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

OWEN SOUND -- An animal rights group claims a "culture of cruelty" exists at a hatchery in Ontario.

Mercy For Animals Canada (MFA), the group which alleged last month that turkeys were suffering abuse at a plant in Exeter, has released covertly filmed footage of conditions inside Horizon Poultry in Hanover, north of Kitchener. Horizon is a federally registered hatchery owned by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

The video shows chicks being thrown, drowned, scalded to death and ground up alive.

An undercover investigator, who was hired by Horizon earlier in the winter, made the film.

Krista Osborne, an MFA spokeswoman, said neither Horizon nor its parent company, Maple Leaf Foods, had been targeted by the organization.

"We don't target jobs. We apply for job postings just like anybody in the general public can do and (our investigators) take the first company that hires them," Osborne said Tuesday.


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