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Animal-welfare group plays hardball with Chick-fil-A

An animal-protection group says it has videos of chickens being abused in plants that supply Chick-fil-A with its menu signatures and is demanding the chain force vendors to adopt more humane practices for handling livestock.

“Chick-fil-A has not only the power but the ethical responsibility to end the worst forms of cruelty to animals in its supply chain,” said Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy for Animals.

The group said the footage was videotaped covertly in a chicken-processing plant outside of Chicago. Its demand for a response from Chick-fil-A was distributed this morning.

The chicken chain has yet to respond publicly.

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