The National Chicken Council Cruelty

It's time for The National Chicken Council (NCC) to encourage its members to phase out cruel live-shackle slaughter methods in their supply chains.

Run by President Mike Brown and with animal welfare overseen by Ashley Peterson, the NCC is a national, non-profit trade association that's "primary purpose is to serve as the advocate and voice for the US broiler chicken industry." Sadly, this organization chooses to use its voice to advocate for horrific industry standards, including the violent practice of live-shackle slaughter. Gruesome from beginning to end, the entire process of live-shackle slaughter is a true recipe for torture.

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Violently Shackled

The live-shackle slaughter process is horrifying from beginning to end—for both animals and workers. Chickens are violently hung upside down in metal shackles and frequently suffer from broken bones and extreme difficulty breathing. The workers, who are forced to labor in filthy conditions and in near-total darkness, are also put in constant danger, as the birds claw at and even defecate on them.


As chickens move down the slaughter line, still upside down and fully conscious, they are taken to a shallow tank of electrified water where their heads are dunked for several seconds in order to render them unconscious. Sadly, though, this method doesn’t always work, resulting in millions of chickens per year not being properly stunned before reaching the blade meant to cut them open at their throats.

Boiled Alive

The final step in this gruesome process is the scalding tanks, which use boiling water to defeather the chickens. Heartbreakingly, each year over 500,000 birds miss both the water stunning bath and the throat-slitting and are then drowned in the boiling hot water—while fully conscious.

Progress on the Issue

More than 170 major food companies
have already committed to ending live-shackle slaughter in their supply chains, including these:

Join our effort to demand that the entire chicken industry stop boiling birds alive.