Know those $4.99 Costco rotisserie chickens? Two shareholders sue the company for mistreating hens before seasoning and spinning.
The complaint claims the animals are raised so huge they can't stand, leading to hunger, damage, and sickness.
According to the lawsuit, the company's methods violate cattle welfare statutes in Nebraska and Iowa.
It is well-known that the wholesale club sells the birds at a loss and has made attempts to reduce expenses to a minimum.
In November, it launched a $450 million chicken processing factory in Nebraska, which it set up as a subsidiary to oversee the company's poultry supply chain.
Costco customers purchase 100 million rotisserie chickens yearly. Costco hasn't responded to the complaint yet.