LIC v. Case Farms

Legal Impact for Chickens is suing KFC-supplier Case Farms for its pattern of gross mismanagement and cruelty toward newborn chicks.  Case Farms is a major U.S. poultry producer.


The complaint comes on the heels of a 2021 undercover investigation by animal advocacy group Animal Outlook.

The 2021 undercover investigation revealed a trend of cruel and deadly abuse at a Morganton, N.C. Case Farms hatchery that processes more than 200,000 chicks daily.  Legal Impact for Chickens is accusing Case Farms of violating both industry standards and North Carolina law


Case Farms has been documented knowingly operating faulty equipment, including a machine piston which repeatedly smashes chicks to death and a dangerous metal conveyor belt which traps and kills young birds.  Case Farms was also documented crushing chicks’ necks between heavy plastic trays. 


Case Farms supplies its chicken meat to KFC, Taco Bell, and Boar’s Head, among other customers.  The poultry company breeds and kills almost 200 million birds each year.


Legal Impact for Chickens filed our Case Farms lawsuit on May 24, 2023 in North Carolinas Burke County District Court.   Were grateful that Animal Outlook later agreed to join Legal Impact for Chickens as our co-counsel in the suit!

On August 4, 2023, Legal Impact for Chickens propounded our first set of discovery in the Case Farms lawsuit.  Discovery is a process by which a party to a civil case can demand information from another party.  Among other things, we’re demanding permission to inspect a Case Farms hatchery.



On August 16, 2023, Case Farms filed an answer and motion to dismiss.  Stay tuned.