CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Roughly 40 protesters gathered outside the Gordon Food Service retail store on 28th Street SE Wednesday afternoon, calling on the business to implement meaningful animal treatment standards for all of their supplies.
The group, Mercy for Animals, has been circulating a video that shows animal cruelty inside what they claim is a GFS poultry supplier.
"As a civilized society, we have a moral obligation to protect all animals, including chickens, from unnecessary suffering," said Mikael Nielsen, a volunteer with Mercy for Animals.
Nielsen and the group are calling on GFS to implement meaningful animal treatment standards to end what he refers to as some of the worst cases of abuse.
"As a responsible food service distributor, we take this situation very seriously," Gordon Food Service said in a statement. "We have always insisted that our suppliers adhere to all applicable laws and regulations, and meet industry standards within their respective product areas."