Cal Cruz Hatcheries Lawsuit & Settlement
In June 2012, Compassion Over Killing, represented by Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), finalized a settlement and court order resolving a lawsuit alleging widespread animal abuse and neglect at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, Inc., a Santa Cruz hatchery that processed millions of baby birds destined for the chicken and duck meat industries annually. We argued the evidence documented in COK’s undercover video of the hatchery constituted unlawful animal cruelty, in violation of the California Business and Professions Code, undermining the integrity of the market. This settlement marked the first time allegations of animal cruelty were successfully resolved using this civil law.
The settlement agreement and accompanying court order prohibits Cal-Cruz from ever keeping or having charge of any animal, and prohibits owner Brian Collins from “owning, possessing, controlling, handling, or being in any way legally responsible for the welfare of animals” until 2017. More details about the settlement and initial lawsuit here.