Costco responds to undercover footage taken at Gettysburg-area farm

Written by Lillian Reed, The Evening Sun | Jun 12, 2015 11:49 AM

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Hillandale Farms near Gettysburg is the subject of a recent undercover investigation conducted by a man associated with The Humane Society of the United States. The man secretly filmed scenes like the one pictured while he worked for the farm in April and May.

A Hillandale Farms poultry facility located in Tyrone Township, Adams County, supplied eggs to the food retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. while it was the subject of an undercover investigation by an animal rights group, according to a Thursday press release. 

A man associated with The Humane Society of the United States secretly filmed inside of the facilities, located northeast of Gettysburg, before the footage was released on YouTube on Tuesday, society officials said during a news conference.

Following publication of the video, representatives of Costco conducted inspections of the farm facilities and found that Hillandale was "behaving appropriately," according to the release. 

"Hillandale has identified some areas in which it believes it can improve, including process improvement and more training for its employees," the release states. "We support these efforts."

Humane Society officials said they published the video on YouTube and made media aware of it to expose the conditions under which poultry and eggs are produced in the United States.

The man, who worked as an employee of Hillandale, filmed graphic images of decomposing chickens in April and May, The video has garnered more than 173,000 views.

The activist was hired to remedy some the very issues his video highlighted, Hillandale officials said Tuesday. He is no longer employed at the facility.

This article comes to us through a partnership between The Evening Sun and WITF.

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