From Compassion Over Killing:
Compassion Over Killing (COK) is releasing an undercover video today that reveals shocking abuses inside Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, a chicken and duck hatchery in Santa Cruz, California. While employed at the facility for nearly a month in 2009, a COK investigator used a hidden
camera to document the miseries forced upon newly-hatched birds. Our video footage was immediately turned over to the Santa Cruz County
Animal Services Authority and the District Attorney’s Office. A lengthy follow-up investigation conducted by humane law enforcement
corroborated COK’s evidence of abuse and neglect and also prompted authorities to impound 88 ducklings, many of whom have been sent to a sanctuary.
Despite this additional documentation by authorities, the District Attorney’s office held the case for several months, and in late April 2010, officially declined to prosecute the hatchery for violations of state animal protection laws.
This comes amidst controversy surrounding undercover footage of animal abuse at Conklin Dairy Farms in Ohio, and the suppression of a related protest by 150 police officers (scroll down for more).