Here is the undercover video allegedly shot at Maple Lodge Farms' Ontario slaughter plant, then reported by Mercy For Animals.
For more, including a MFA petition see http://www.maplelodgeharms.ca/
Maple Lodge Farms is the largest chicken processor in Canada, exports chicken to 30 foreign countries, and is a prior winner of "50 Best Managed Companies in Canada" award. Obviously, they knew better than this. They had the sophistication and resources to do better than this.
How do we explain their alleged cruelty to dozens, if not thousands, of chickens?
On Maple Lodge Farm's Facebook page a posting at Mar. 29, 2015 8:29 AM by a Maple Lodge spokesperson blames the undercover videographer for continued abuse of the chickens because the videographer did not use the anonymous phone tip line to report known or suspected animal abuse.
Obviously, any of the hundreds of employees at Maple Lodge Farms could have picked up the phone, but none did. Does this indicate that the abuse is a chronic accepted fact at Maple Lodge? How else do we explain this? It appears that this company, or at least this slaughter plant, is a toxic work environment needing a big shakeup.
What about the thousands of good, hard working employees at Maple Lodge Farms who were not involved in the abuse, and are just as appalled as the rest of Canada? How do these previously proud employees explain to their family, friends, and neighbours about the Mark of Cain that Maple Lodge has tattooed upon them through no fault of these employees?
So what does the President of Maple Lodge Farms have to say about all this? Here he is, fresh off YouTube, re-invented by their crisis media consultant with their soothing tones and politically correct phrases. Give it a good, hard listen.
The word cloud from his speech looks pretty good. Obviously professionally written. You bought yourself the best speech money can buy.
|Word Cloud from Speech by Michael Burrows, President of Maple Lodge Farms about animal abuse inside|
their slaughter plant in Brampton ON
Maple Lodge Farms has also issued a press release.
I have done a detailed analysis and recommendations, and a commentary from the vantage point of small flock chicken farmers, thinking about the steaming pile of chicken manure Mr. Burrows has thrown his company into. My analysis of his amateurish attempt at a reassuring, yet shallow and unbelievable speech was done sentence by sentence. It also provides a full, corrected transcript of his speech, as You Tube's version is a little garbled. I hope it helps Maple Lodge quickly get onto the proper path, and mend their evil ways.
Note at the end where the Ontario Don of the Chicken Mafia clinches for his closeup, and says:
"If you feel we are falling short of these expectations, I invite you to let me know via the "Contact Us" page of our website."
Michael Burrows CEO of Maple Lodge Farms
Well Mr. Burrows, I think both you and Maple Leaf Farms fall very short of the mark.
Hear me loud and clear, you have fallen short of my expectations.
Mercy for Animals Canada, at the end of their shocking documentary on Maple Lodge Farms’ dysfunctional chicken operations (Timestamp 3:10), said:
“Remember, you can withdraw your support from this cruel industry by leaving chickens off your dinner plate".
You and your company have damaged the entire chicken industry in Canada, and possibly Canada and the Canadian chicken industry internationally.
As one of the small flock chicken farmer in Ontario Canada, you have damaged me and my chicken farm.
In Luke 23:34, Jesus, while on the cross, said:
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
Incompetency and lack of awareness won Jesus’ recommendation for forgiveness. It appears that you are incompetent, and lack awareness of both animal welfare and the managing of people. Perhaps you should be forgiven for your failings and sins too.
Someday, I hope to forgive you. However, I will never forget what you have done to those unfortunate chicken, to me, to all the other chicken farmers, and to Canada.
Oscar Wilde said,
“Every Saint has a past, and every Sinner has a future.”
Let us hope that applies to you, your sordid past, and your potentially illustrious future as a Chicken Mafia millionaire.
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I'm done with them and their Chicken Mafia brotherhood. Now it's your turn.
Do you have some comments you'd like to make to Maple Lodge Farms, and their President Michael Burrows? If yes, here are the links. Let them know how you truly feel.
Email Maple Lodge Farms
"Contact Us" page of Maple Lodge Farms website page