[Ed. Note: Read COK Sets the
Record Straight: A Case of Animal Cruelty at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries.]
Tell Santa Cruz California's District Attorney Bob Lee to
prosecute Cal-Cruz for cruelty to ducklings at the
This newly-hatched chick was left on the floor next to
discarded egg shells.
Barely alive, this chick was tossed aside in a bucket of
birds deemed unfit for processing.
an online petition
And/Or make direct contact:
Santa Cruz County District Attorney
701 Ocean Street, Rm. 200
Santa Cruz CA 95060
phone (831) 454-2400
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
If a cat or dog was tossed across a room and left in pain, or
their limbs tangled in machinery or skinned alive, swift legal
action might take place.
But in this case, the animals suffering these acts of cruelty
are ducklings -- and they're getting no such justice.
In 2009, undercover activists from
Compassion Over Killing (COK) shot videos of animal abuse at
Cal-Cruz Hatcheries in Santa Cruz, CA. They submitted this video
to county animal service and the DA's office, and a follow-up
investigation resulted in the confiscation of 88 ducklings from
the site. Over half of them had to be euthanized.
But the District Attorney's Office said they will not
prosecute Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, even though in California, there
is no legal difference between pets and food animals.
Prosecuting Cal-Cruz would bring these ducklings -- who are
sensitive to pain just like dogs and cats-- some justice and
could change the way animal agriculture views "cruelty."
Thank you for everything you do for animals!