TORONTO – Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund—a national non-profit animal law organization—has filed a formal legal complaint against Maple Lodge Farms, citing violations of federal consumer protection laws.
The complaint follows a hidden-camera investigation revealing disturbing and potentially illegal treatment of chickens under the care of Maple Lodge.
Through numerous written claims, Maple Lodge advertises itself as family farmers deeply committed to the “humane and respectful” treatment of chickens, stating that it complies with industry codes of practice. It also uses visual imagery of outdoor pasture and small-scale farming.
In reality, the treatment of chickens at Maple Lodge has been called “unconscionable,” “inexcusable,” and “abhorrent” by animal welfare experts. Maple Lodge operates no farms, and the half-million chickens it slaughters each working day will virtually never have seen the light of day. It was convicted of 20 animal cruelty …