NEBRASKA — A new nonprofit is filing its first lawsuit: an alleged animal rights abuse in Nebraska.

Alene Anello first fell in love with birds when she had a cockatoo when she was 11 years old.

“My parents bought me a cockatoo named Conrad, he lived until I was 22, he was super smart, he definitely had opinions and was communicative,” Anello said.

She said she started the nonprofit “Legal impact for chickens” last year to defend birds like Conrad, saying chickens aren’t too different.

“Chickens are sensitive and develop friendships even with people,” Anello said.

Last week, two Costco shareholders filed his organization’s first lawsuit. He alleges that Costco abused chickens at its subsidiary, Lincoln Premium Poultry, in Fremont, Nebraska.

“The way these birds are raised is unnatural,” Anello said.

Lincoln Premium Poultry declined to comment at this time.

Costco did not immediately respond to NCN’s request for comment, but has said in the past — after previous allegations — this “Costco Wholesale is committed to ensuring the welfare and proper handling of all animals that are used in the production of products sold at Costco.”

Anello waits Costco to file a motion to dismiss, but said she is passionate about proving her case and strengthening bird rights not just in Nebraska, but the nation.