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Free Range Truth


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Free Range Truth


 

Whole Foods: Free the Birds

A DxE investigation of a free-range, slow-growth chicken farm found thousands of birds crowded in filthy sheds. Undercover cameras placed outside the barn show that the animals were never allowed outside. Ask CEO John Mackey to give animals true freedom -- not violence and fraud -- by sending them to sanctuary.

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“THE FREE RANGE FRAUD.”

Lauded for its supposed humane treatment of animals, Pitman Family Farms is the most prominent supplier of free-range, slow-growth chicken to retailers like Whole Foods. The DxE Open Rescue team put the company on 24 hour surveillance with undercover cameras, and when we saw no birds were being allowed outside, we took the next step: entering the barns.

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Lauded for its supposed humane treatment of animals, Pitman Family Farms is the most prominent supplier of free-range, slow-growth chicken to retailers like Whole Foods. The DxE Open Rescue team put the company on 24 hour surveillance with undercover cameras, and when we saw no birds were being allowed outside, we took the next step: entering the barns. 
 

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Slow Grown Suffering


Slow Grown Suffering


Crowding

While Whole Foods has lauded its new slow-growth farms as solving the “root of the animal welfare problem,” birds at Pitman were crowded shoulder to shoulder in massive industrial sheds. Birds never stepped outside, and they lived twice as long in horrific, filthy conditions. 

Fighting

Driven insane by confinement and starvation, roosters and hens pecked at each other viciously. Every attempt for food or water required struggling through a crowd. 

Mutilation

Birds like Sophie -- small or sickly -- were viciously attacked by the mob. We witnessed many birds with missing or injured eyes, bloody combs, and even broken keel bones. One study found that birds in free-range, slow-growth farms have nine times as many broken breastbones. 

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Sophie's Tale


Sophie's Tale


When DxE found Sophie, she was struggling to defend her right side from the mob of birds pecking and trampling her. At just 1.5 pounds, she was less than half the size of the other birds. But in Sophie’s miraculous recovery, she teaches us important lessons about life. 

Compassion

Sophie has made friends with cats and dogs, and she actively seeks out human laps to perch on. 

Redemption

Despite enduring horrific trauma, Sophie loves to bask in the sun, play with rocks, and explore new sounds and smells. 

Resilience

Sophie’s story shows us the world we can create -- if we give animals the freedom they deserve. 

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