Ontario Egg Farm Caught Killing 52,000 Hens for Depopulation Effort

In January 2022, a now-deleted Tiktok video was posted by a truck driver who was upset he had to haul 52,000 chickens who were allegedly killed due to the pandemic. Now identified as Maple Lodge Farms slaughterhouse in Brampton Ontario, the farm claims that the mass killing was part of their routine practice of killing hens that no longer lay enough eggs to be profitable, a widespread practice in the egg industry. A blog post by Animal Justice about the incident explains how there are no government regulations addressing on-farm killing, and how the voluntary Codes of Practice by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are not legally enforceable. Read Animal Justice’s blog post here.