Richmond man charged with animal cruelty for acts caught on tape at chicken plant

— Video of chickens being kicked, thrown and stomped led to the arrest Tuesday of an employee at a Rockingham chicken processing plant and to a call from animal rights group Mercy for Animals for changes at the plant, which supplies birds sold under the Perdue label.

Mercy for Animals released the video Thursday, and the organization president, Nathan Runkle, said, “Extreme cruelty to animals is business as usual at Perdue.”

Danny Miranda, of Richmond, was charged with four counts of animal cruelty and was held on $10,000 bond. He works at Deese Farm and Hideaway Farms, both contractors for Perdue.

Runkle used the arrest to pressure Perdue to “end many of the worst forms of animal abuse and neglect in its supply chain.”

Mercy for Animals said the most recent video shows “birds kicked like footballs, thrown against walls and violently stomped to death by callous workers.”

Runkle planned to address the media Thursday to detail the video and his call for change.

,Video of chickens being kicked, thrown and stomped led to the arrest Tuesday of an employee at a Rockingham chicken processing plant and to a call from animal rights group Mercy for Animals for changes at the plant, which supplies birds sold under the Perdue label.

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