Nick Webb writes as horrific animal rights violations are exposed at UK chicken farms.
Photo by Etienne Delorieux
An investigation by animal welfare activists into chicken farms supplying large supermarket chains has shown birds which do not reach minimum sizing requirements are being left to die of thirst, or having their necks brutally crushed.
Videos taken at farms operated by Moy Park, one of the largest suppliers of chickens to Tesco and Ocado, have exposed the substandard conditions in which the birds are being raised. The chickens are bred to grow incredibly quickly, which causes many to have heart and lung problems, with some not able to develop leg muscles quickly enough to be able to walk. The birds are also shown to have burn marks on their backs and feet from the urine-covered floors in the barns where they live.
Some of the birds who are unable to feed themselves are simply left to die, and those which the farm owners determine will not grow to size quickly enough are often euthanised by workers breaking the birds’ necks on the sides of buckets, or simply left to die of dehydration.
Activists from animal rights group Animal Equality UK have recorded footage showing workers bragging about killing up to 500 chicks in one day because they knew they would never grow to size. The film shows animals still gasping for breath as they are tossed into buckets, still kicking, flapping and blinking, in the piles of corpses. Employees are, however, legally allowed to break the necks of up to