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Imagine being so huge that you can neither walk nor stand...

Imagine being bred to grow so fast you become paralysed...

This is the reality for many chickens in UK factory farms

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Do you know...

How Billions of chickens are raised in UK farms every year?

The truth may surprise you

Ask Tesco to Stand With Chickens

  1. Sign our petition against Tesco here.
  2. Contact Tesco at both of the below: and ask why they haven't signed up to the European Chicken Commitment.

Companies that already stand with chickens

These companies have signed up to the European Chicken Commitment to eliminate some of the cruelest practices in their supply chain

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This is how chickens live in intensive UK farms

Selected to suffer

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.

Densely packed

Broilers are packed often up to 19 chickens in a square metre. This is a little less than an A4 page for one bird.

Living in waste

Skin diseases and burns are typically caused by ammonia fumes as chickens are living in their own filth.

Bodies of dead animals often lie in farms for hours.

Brutally killed

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:

  • Reducing the stock density on the farms
  • Resign from artificially selected fast-growing breeds
  • Provide broilers with greater access to natural light and better environmental enrichment
  • Abandon methods of slaughtering animals that cause unnecessary pain

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.

Thank you for standing with chickens!

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