Costco violates animal welfare laws to sell rotisserie chicken for $4.99, lawsuit alleges


A new lawsuit alleges that Costco, in trying to cut costs for its rotisserie chickens, is violating animal welfare laws.

Costco is selling the popular Kirkland Signature Roast Chicken for $4.99 each.

Legal impact for chickensthe group behind the lawsuit, claimed that “Costco’s directors and officers breached their fiduciary duty by knowingly causing Costco to neglect and abandon the chickens in violation of state law” — namely, in Nebraska and Iowa where the company raises chickens.

The lawsuit also claimed the wholesale retailer raised its chickens so quickly that “many of them cannot support their own weight.”

“Costco then sends millions of these fast-growing birds to dirty, overcrowded factory farms run by inexperienced contract growers whom Costco has recruited and trained. There, disabled birds are slowly dying of hunger, thirst, injuries and disease,” the trial continues.

The lawsuit is based on a 2021 New York Times article and a secret investigation by the animal welfare group mercy for animals as proof that the mistreatment of chickens has become common knowledge.

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