LEGAL IMPACT FOR CHICKENS v. CASE FARMS,L.L.C.,CASEFOODS, INC., and CASE FARMS PROCESSING, INC.
Legal Impact for Chickens sued one of the country’s largest poultry producers in North Carolina State Court for alleged violations of Chapter 19A, the state’s one-of-a-kind civil cruelty to animals law. The complaint alleges that Case Farms and its employees “have engaged in intentional, affirmative, and reckless acts of neglect and extreme violence causing unjustifiable and unnecessary physical pain, suffering, and death towards the animals under its care and control.” The case follows an undercover investigation documenting widespread killing of chicks and injured birds at a North Carolina chicken hatchery owned by Case Farms that processes over 200,000 birds per day and, according to Legal Impact for Chickens, supplies buyers like KFC, Taco Bell, and Boar’s Head. Plaintiff is seeking permanent injunctive relief.
[To accompany State Court Update "Advocacy Group Sues Large-Scale Chicken Processor Under North Carolina’s Novel Civil Cruelty to Animals Law” from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 191]