Costco’s Iconic $5 Rotisserie Chicken is Under Fire From Animal-Rights Activists

Costco’s chickens suffer in “crowded, filthy barns,” a statement from the animal-rights group Mercy for Animals said.

The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof highlighted the report in his opinion article published on Saturday, sharing what he called “the cruelties that delivered $4.99 chickens to a Costco rotisserie.”

Mercy for Animals investigators visited Costco’s chicken-processing plant, which is the focus of the criticism and accusations. To keep costs as low as possible, Costco opened the $450 million facility in Nebraska in 2019, which processes about 2 million chickens a week, with plans to eventually supply nearly half of the chain’s total chickens.

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