People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has struck the poultry industry in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia with underground videos.
Marcie Moriarty with the provincial Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said investigators will examine the claims of animal cruelty involving Jaedel Enterprises in Abbotsford, B.C., and chicken-catching service Elite Services, which loads birds onto crates for processing.
PETA said caged hens were on “mounds of manure” and that there were dead birds in some crates and that Elite Services “crammed” birds into crates.
Roger Pelissero of Egg Farmers of Canada said it has “zero tolerance” for abuse and will investigate.
Pelissero represents the Ontario egg board on the national agency and is a brother of Harry Pelissero, general manager of the Ontario egg board.