400,000 Baby Chicks Killed By Bankrupt Poultry Farm

Dumping Baby Chicks

Photo: Dmitry Noskoff

Stephen Messenger writes in treehugger:

Poultry workers reportedly wept as they carried out their grim task — overseeing the death of about 400 thousand newborn chicks by drowning them in water or simply dumping them in rusty barrels outside where they would succumb to the freezing winter air. Around 600,000 more birds, housed at Russia’s Krasnaya Polyana poultry farm have died of malnutrition, and the lives of 3 million others await a similar fate. A $190,000 tax debt, says the farm, has forced them to declare bankruptcy, leading to this killing of chickens on a horrific scale.

The poultry farm, located in the region of Kursk, is owned by Russian parliament member Alexander Chetverikov — and he says declaring bankruptcy, which has forced the deaths of about 1 million chickens, was his only recourse after he became the target of a political conspiracy aimed at putting him in financial ruin.

Chetverikov, a member of the JustRussia party, says he ran a campaign to fight corruption in the region’s leading United Russia-lead government — and that, “they were looking for a possibility to settle their political and personal scores with me.”

But while the politician’s finances may have fallen victim to some shady political dealings, the millions of birds at his are the ones truly paying the price…

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  • Synapse

    It sucks, but what were they gonna do with them? It’s possible this is part of the greater food abundance that leads to waste, like how they’d rather dump tons of imperfect fruit on the beach to rot rather than send them to Africa or something; but in this case the dude is bankrupt. I don’t have the money to ship them anywhere, and I doubt this guy does either. Could he even sell them?

  • Synapse

    It sucks, but what were they gonna do with them? It’s possible this is part of the greater food abundance that leads to waste, like how they’d rather dump tons of imperfect fruit on the beach to rot rather than send them to Africa or something; but in this case the dude is bankrupt. I don’t have the money to ship them anywhere, and I doubt this guy does either. Could he even sell them?

    • APearson

      Let the damn people in the town or the area take as many as they can for God’s sake!
      Maybe this world really does need another mass extinction because there are truly some effed up people and governments.

  • Strummingbabe

    This should not have happened, though they were bankrupt they could have transferred the chicks somewhere else.

    Those fucking idiots.

    There goes my christmas spirit, I really wanted to hear about four hundred thousand drowned and frozen baby chicks.

    You shitholes will burn in hell for this and that.

  • Strummingbabe

    This should not have happened, though they were bankrupt they could have transferred the chicks somewhere else.

    Those fucking idiots.

    There goes my christmas spirit, I really wanted to hear about four hundred thousand drowned and frozen baby chicks.

    You shitholes will burn in hell for this and that.

  • Strummingbabe

    They could have put them on a plane to africa and had families adopt chicks.

  • Strummingbabe

    They could have put them on a plane to africa and had families adopt chicks.

    • $4251815

      With what money? That’s why they’re killing the chicks. They should have been made available to locals/farms.

  • Anonymous

    Call me what you will…..but this makes me weep inside. Considering all the death and destruction going on this should seem minor in comparison, but it doesn’t. I am profoundly disturbed. It this doesn’t make a good case for going vegetarian….I don’t know what does.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Call me what you will…..but this makes me weep inside. Considering all the death and destruction going on this should seem minor in comparison, but it doesn’t. I am profoundly disturbed. It this doesn’t make a good case for going vegetarian….I don’t know what does.

    • $4251815

      Makes a good case against factory farms… I still like chicken and eggs.

  • Tuna Ghost

    god damn I never would have thought the image of a woman emptying a box of dead baby chicks into a barrel of even more dead baby chicks could be so potent.

  • Tuna Ghost

    god damn I never would have thought the image of a woman emptying a box of dead baby chicks into a barrel of even more dead baby chicks could be so potent.

    • cartoonheroes

      If you look a little closer, those chicks aren’t dead… yet. They’re flapping their little wings trying to stay upright as they are dumped into the the cold barrel.

  • rtb61

    In this case it represent a lack in the Russian bankruptcy laws. Normally in declaring bankruptcy, liquidator/receiver http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidator_%28law%29 would be appointed to keep the company ticking over and negotiate with creditors to ensure maximum value of remaining assets are retained.
    In this case Alexander Chetverikov went out of his way to destroying the remaining capital value to stick it to his creditors, is this guy a crook. likely.

  • Anonymous

    In this case it represent a lack in the Russian bankruptcy laws. Normally in declaring bankruptcy, liquidator/receiver http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidator_%28law%29 would be appointed to keep the company ticking over and negotiate with creditors to ensure maximum value of remaining assets are retained.
    In this case Alexander Chetverikov went out of his way to destroying the remaining capital value to stick it to his creditors, is this guy a crook. likely.

  • E.B. Wolf

    If this doesn’t perfectly illustrate exactly what kind of value the modern business structure places on life, I don’t know what does.

  • E.B. Wolf

    If this doesn’t perfectly illustrate exactly what kind of value the modern business structure places on life, I don’t know what does.

  • UncleB

    Corporatism rules. Even Mother Russia suffers its indignities! The former U.S.S.R. had worse problems, however: remember the collective farms that over-produced a single item on commands from an unreasonable bureaucracy? Mankind’s follies. Back to the drawing-board after the financial collapse of even the U.S.A. and back to the Bible’s well reasoned rules, but not before these times of spectacular unfairness to one another, these times of extreme exploitation. After the U.S. fiat dollar’s astounding fall, after the U.S. propaganda machine is cuckolded by Chinese economics theorem, after the fall of the Uber-Rich classes in America, we will all make use of modern technologies to homestead in modern fashion, to survive sustainably, to survive in our compartments on the Nuclear/electric powered bullet train network’s infrastructures, hoping as usual, for greater material riches, but never really attaining them. We will buy lottery tickets and hold out hope for the future and have the wish to make material gain for a long time . . . then, the Biblical rest! Peace in our souls. We will give up this propagandist manipulation for what it is, and our souls will finally be at peace, content with what we are, proud of our situation, loving towards our neighbors, co-workers, families and friends,and free from the corporatist’s manipulations, exploitations, and evil ways.

  • Anonymous

    Corporatism rules. Even Mother Russia suffers its indignities! The former U.S.S.R. had worse problems, however: remember the collective farms that over-produced a single item on commands from an unreasonable bureaucracy? Mankind’s follies. Back to the drawing-board after the financial collapse of even the U.S.A. and back to the Bible’s well reasoned rules, but not before these times of spectacular unfairness to one another, these times of extreme exploitation. After the U.S. fiat dollar’s astounding fall, after the U.S. propaganda machine is cuckolded by Chinese economics theorem, after the fall of the Uber-Rich classes in America, we will all make use of modern technologies to homestead in modern fashion, to survive sustainably, to survive in our compartments on the Nuclear/electric powered bullet train network’s infrastructures, hoping as usual, for greater material riches, but never really attaining them. We will buy lottery tickets and hold out hope for the future and have the wish to make material gain for a long time . . . then, the Biblical rest! Peace in our souls. We will give up this propagandist manipulation for what it is, and our souls will finally be at peace, content with what we are, proud of our situation, loving towards our neighbors, co-workers, families and friends,and free from the corporatist’s manipulations, exploitations, and evil ways.

  • Anonymous

    Corporatism rules. Even Mother Russia suffers its indignities! The former U.S.S.R. had worse problems, however: remember the collective farms that over-produced a single item on commands from an unreasonable bureaucracy? Mankind’s follies. Back to the drawing-board after the financial collapse of even the U.S.A. and back to the Bible’s well reasoned rules, but not before these times of spectacular unfairness to one another, these times of extreme exploitation. After the U.S. fiat dollar’s astounding fall, after the U.S. propaganda machine is cuckolded by Chinese economics theorem, after the fall of the Uber-Rich classes in America, we will all make use of modern technologies to homestead in modern fashion, to survive sustainably, to survive in our compartments on the Nuclear/electric powered bullet train network’s infrastructures, hoping as usual, for greater material riches, but never really attaining them. We will buy lottery tickets and hold out hope for the future and have the wish to make material gain for a long time . . . then, the Biblical rest! Peace in our souls. We will give up this propagandist manipulation for what it is, and our souls will finally be at peace, content with what we are, proud of our situation, loving towards our neighbors, co-workers, families and friends,and free from the corporatist’s manipulations, exploitations, and evil ways.

  • Anonymous

    Makes a good case against factory farms… I still like chicken and eggs.

  • Anonymous

    With what money? That’s why they’re killing the chicks. They should have been made available to locals/farms.

  • cartoonheroes

    If you look a little closer, those chicks aren’t dead… yet. They’re flapping their little wings trying to stay upright as they are dumped into the the cold barrel.

  • Yazi

    Couldn’t the workers have said “no, fuck you idiots, we’re not doing that. Do it yourself, you coldhearted motherfuckers.”

    Work is evil.

  • Yazi

    Couldn’t the workers have said “no, fuck you idiots, we’re not doing that. Do it yourself, you coldhearted motherfuckers.”

    Work is evil.

  • APearson

    Let the damn people in the town or the area take as many as they can for God’s sake!
    Maybe this world really does need another mass extinction because there are truly some effed up people and governments.

  • Kevin

    Hey, was I the only one to notice the KFC truck in the background?

  • Kevin

    Hey, was I the only one to notice the KFC truck in the background?

  • Lexi

    Just fucking terrible. I hope these people burn in hell for what they do.

  • Lexi

    Just fucking terrible. I hope these people burn in hell for what they do.

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