In June and July of 2006, a COK investigator was employed at a North Carolina turkey hatchery for nearly three weeks. While there, he witnessed and documented the misery endured by newly-hatched chicks as they began their short lives in the turkey industry. As our investigator caught on camera, many chicks never even made it out of the hatchery alive. Those who survived the rough handling of the hatchery processing were shipped off to “grow out” confinement facilities where most of them will never set foot outside.
Turkeys are typically slaughtered for food when they are just 4 to 5 months old, meaning that the birds filmed during COK’s investigation in June and July were being raised for Thanksgiving dinner tables.