the ‘nightmare’ reality of chicken farming in the UK

Activists criticize supermarket chains Morrisons for selling genetically modified chicken that they claim has been damaged”torture“.

As part of a national campaign, the association for the protection of animals”Open the cage“taken over 21 Morrisons stores and the company’s headquarters in Bradford during the National Day weekend in May. They oppose the sale”Frankenchi Chicken”, poultry is genetically engineered to grow 400% faster than normal to maximize profits.

Sick, overgrown poultry lying in their own waste in overcrowded factory farms“, Open Cages wrote in a Facebook post.

Last year, the campaign team discovered, while filming secretly, that the chickens were raised in deplorable conditions on four farms that supply the Morrisons. Since then, Open the Cage launched a campaign to end the sale of these transgenic birds.

Morrisons said they care “deeply about animal welfare” and that all of their regular chickens are raised to a higher standard Red tractor. Open Cages said the supermarket is continuing this operation.

What is the probability that your supermarket sells “Frankenchicken”?

Follow Long Humanitarian FederationAn estimated 90% of chickens raised for meat in the UK grow to unusually large sizes, resulting in extreme distress.

These chickens are growing 400% faster than in the 1950s because farmers are allowed to choose animals to maximize profits.

This creates a host of health and wellness problems“, Amro Hussain, head of public affairs at British Humanities Tournament.

This causes them to fall under their own weight, suffer from leg pain, skin burns from residual feces, and muscle diseases. “

This growth is equivalent to a human baby reaching the weight of an adult tiger in two months.

You can’t be further from the picture than the general public thinks chickens are strong and strong“.

This growth is equivalent to a human child reaching the weight of an adult tiger in two months.

In addition to being blatantly brutal and pervasive, the practice is against the law, according to the Humane League’s legal team. This is why the charity is seeking judicial review, urging the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to act.

How can a farmer raise chickens of such enormous size?

UK law states that animals can only be kept for breeding purposes if their genetics do not have an adverse effect on their health or welfare.

But most chickens raised for meat, some 900 million, grow so fast their bodies can’t keep up. Many animals are therefore unable to walk, move or live comfortably.

Millions of “Frankenchicken” chickens died prematurely due to their rapid growth. – Open the Cage

One only has to watch the video of these birds struggling to lift their heads and covered in wounds to realize that their health and well-being are taking a hit. However, this practice is common today – and does not seem to pose a problem for legislators.

Most people don’t scrutinize“, Edie Bowles, a lawyer working for Guaranteed better chicken together with the Humanitarian League, “they don’t look at which laws apply correctly and which do not“.

I asked Mrs. Bowles where the responsibility lies in this matter; What agency or organization is in charge of controlling agricultural activities?

There is a real problem at all levels in this country“, she speaks, “Usually animal protection laws are left to a charity, like the RSPCA, to enforce.. “

Bowles points out hypocrisy here.

This is clearly not the case with crimes involving humans. To be sure, we have an allegorical attitude towards animal crime in this country, which has resulted in poor enforcement of animal protection laws.. “

Hussain supports this view, explaining that even those who don’t care about animal welfare should worry about government inaction in this area.

To be sure, we have an insinuating attitude towards animal crime in this country, which has resulted in poor enforcement of animal protection laws.

“Imagine any other government agency that simply says, ‘No ! I will allow this regardless of the fact that the law is clearly written“. I think this is a very disturbing abdication of responsibility. “

Case law is presented on the basis of three main points.

First, this practice violates the law that it is not possible to select animals bred for agriculture based on their genes, if their health or fitness is affected.

Second, the group argues that there is no “have enough control system to detect illegal acts“.

And finally, it is argued that, in the absence of a proper monitoring system, there will be an unfair competitive advantage for fast-growing seed producers. Any farmer who abides by the law is automatically at a financial disadvantage, because “Frankenchi Chicken” is simply more profitable.

Although Bowles and Hussain are currently focusing on UK law, the issue is not unique to the UK.

Across the EU, similar problems arise, with fast growing chickens being used in all Member States. Follow Kindness in world agriculture, these birds were bred to reach slaughter weight in less than six weeks, which is less than half the time in the wild.

What can consumers do to avoid buying “Frankenchi Chicken”?

Even though avoid buying meat is the easiest way to stop supporting the cruelty of fast-growing farms, not everyone will necessarily give up meat altogether.

So there are still options for people who want to eat chicken, but with as little harm as possible.

There is a set of standards called “Guaranteed better chicken“, ensure better welfare of chickens and use slow-growing chicken breeds“, Mr. Hussain explained.

Hundreds of companies have signed up to it, including KFC and Nando’s.

Major supermarkets such as Waitrose and Marks & Spencer have also signed on to the pledge.

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A “Frankenstein” chicken cannot use its legs. – Open the Cage

But many supermarkets and other businesses are faltering and essentially profiting from this cruelty.“, Mr. Hussain added.

He cites the British supermarket chain Morrison’s as a prime example.

“Last year we had a long campaign against Morrison’s, trying to get them to take action.

But investigations have revealed the extraordinary suffering of the Frankenchicken chickens provided to Morrison’s.“, Mr. Hussain explained.

Right in the middle worst cost of living crisis The UK has seen in recent decades that critics may argue that consumers have no choice but to buy cheaper meat, even if that means favoring” Frankenchi Chicken”.

But Hussain disagreed.

Our view is that it’s important to remember that we’re talking about extreme cruelty to animals in the context of supermarkets reaping huge profits – and these supermarkets also reap huge profits. thanks to the pandemic “, he says.

As a society, we have to ask ourselves, are we ready to let these companies say: “Well, if you want products that are affordable, they have to come from nightmare animal cruelty so we can maintain our margins.“.

We consider it unacceptable for this to be passed on to the consumer. “

Mr Hussain suggested that consumers write to their MPs and government officials asking these companies to take appropriate action and stop making money after blatant cruelty.

Article translated from English

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