Pilgrim’s terminating contract with Georgia grower
Contract farm found to be in ‘direct conflict’ with Pilgrim’s animal welfare program
Pilgrim’s is terminating its contract with a farm in Hull, Georgia, after it was determined that the farm was in violation of the company’s animal welfare program.
An undercover video filmed by animal rights activists showed birds being treated in an inhumane manner, leading Pilgrim’s to investigate the situation at the Georgia farm.
In a statement, Pilgrim’s announced that as a result of its investigation, the company has taken immediate steps to suspend delivery of birds to the farm and provide proper notice of contract termination.
“Our investigation determined that the actions on the farm were in direct conflict with the animal welfare training provided by Pilgrim’s to the farm owner and in violation of the Pilgrim’s Animal Welfare Program,” the company stated.
“Ensuring the well-being of the chickens under our care is an uncompromising commitment at Pilgrim’s. This isolated incident of unacceptable behavior does not reflect our approach to animal welfare or the approach of the more than 4,000 family farm partners who interact with out chickens daily.
“Pilgrim’s will not tolerate animal abuse. We regret these actions have taken place and are immediately taking steps to reinforce our commitment to animal welfare throughout our supply chain and in our production processes.”