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How Billions of chickens are raised in UK farms every year?
The truth may surprise you
These companies have signed up to the European Chicken Commitment to eliminate some of the cruelest practices in their supply chain
Broiler breeds used in today's conventional farms are selected artificially, so broilers would grow unnaturally fast. As a result, their premature bodies cannot handle the weight, which usually leads to broken legs, other health disorders and even death.
If people grew this fast, a 5 year old child would weigh 150 kilograms.
Chickens would normally live for 6 years, but in farms they are slaughtered after just 6 weeks.
In slaughterhouses, the chickens are hung upside down by their legs on a conveyor belt, lose consiousness by electric shock, and then have their throats cut. However, the electric stunning is very ineffective and a portion of animals are still conscious during slaughter.
Help us end this suffering and support the Stand With Chickens campaign. Only with your help can we make companies commit to higher welfare standards for chickens.
To: David Rutley (Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Richard Griffiths (Executive Director of British Poultry Council)
The short life of chickens reared for meat in intensive factory farms is full of unnecessary pain and suffering. They are biologically selected to grow unnaturally fast and as a result many birds are unable to even stand and collapse under their own weight. Within 6 weeks, a portion of these animals do not even reach the slaughterhouse and those who do are painfully slaughtered.
British people care about the fate of animals and expect chickens reared for meat to live in better conditions. I expect you to take firm actions improving chicken living conditions on and off farm as follows:
The number of chickens reared for meat exceeds one billion with more than 95.5 % of them living in intensive factory farms! These changes will dramatically improve the lives of so many sentient beings.
I demand the above steps are taken to improve the fate of these animals.
It's only thanks to support from people like you that we can continue to combat this abuse.
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