Middleburg Bird auction, PA - 5/8/07

Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - 15:30
Investigation Category: 

The Animals’ Angels inspectors observe the livestock auction in Middleburg, Pennsylvania. The small animal sale starts at noon. Chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits and doves are piled on top of each other in wired cages and paper boxes. Some of the boxes do not even have holes to let air into the tiny confinement. The majority of the chicken are sold to commercial buyers, which grab the animals by wings, legs or heads to fit them into their own even smaller plastic chicken cages. The inspectors observe one buyer loading 20 of these cages, on his pick up truck. Afterwards, he leaves to observe the pig auction and to have lunch. The chickens are on his truck in full exposure of the sun during the whole time.

The handling at the pig auction is also very poor. The two workers at the auction entrance constantly use the electric prod on the animals’ face.
The Animals’ Angels inspectors will confront the market owner with the observations and discuss possible improvements of the market.