New report highlights 1 million chickens dying each week for affordable meat

A NEW report has highlighted that 61 million chickens died earlier than slaughter final 12 months because of main welfare points.

The report from animal welfare charity Open Cages has discovered that round 1.2 million chickens are dying each week resulting from circumstances inflicting debilitating welfare points.

The report, titled The Value of British Hen: How Supermarkets Are Failing on Animal Welfare, blames supermarkets for refusing to enhance rooster welfare requirements.

The authors blame supermarkets like Morrisons for persevering with to supply meat from genetically engineered “Frankenchickens” while M&S, Waitrose, KFC and retailers throughout Europe transfer quickly in direction of the Higher Hen Dedication (BCC).

Round 1.2 million chickens die each week because of poor welfare. Photograph by Ben Moreland on Unsplash

Hen is Britain’s hottest meat, with consumption far outstripping beef, lamb or pork.

Almost 1.2 billion chickens had been killed final 12 months to fulfill demand, with most meat coming from the extremely fast-growing Frankenchickens raised in crowded chickens.

Citing figures from DEFRA (Division for Setting, Meals and Rural Affairs), the authors declare 61 million chickens died earlier than reaching the slaughterhouse final 12 months because of these practices.

The authors estimate that final 12 months practically 5 million chickens could have suffered coronary heart assaults, 15 million could have had their necks damaged by farmers resulting from extreme lameness and over 24 million could have died from an infection.

The authors argue that consumers are manipulated by supermarkets dispensing “misleading” labels and advertising and marketing campaigns which give the misunderstanding that chickens are properly cared for.

One other latest report accused supermarkets of bombarding shoppers with offers and provides on “unsustainable” meat from intensive farms.

Supermarkets like Tesco, Morrisons and Co-op are blamed for “refusing” to signal the RSPCA & Defra-backed BCC. 

The BCC is a coverage of improved welfare requirements that prohibits using extremely fast-growing Frankenchickens and overcrowded circumstances.

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At present, the overwhelming majority of grocery store rooster comes from the quickest rising breeds accessible which undergo the very best charges of untimely dying.

300 firms throughout the UK and Europe have signed the BCC, together with KFC, Nestle and Subway.

It’s estimated that 27% of the UK’s chickens are lined by the dedication, together with massive supermarkets in France, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Poland. 

M&S and Waitrose are up to now the one UK supermarkets to pledge.

Open Cages CEO & Co-Founder Connor Jackson stated: “The dimensions of struggling behind low cost rooster could also be stunning to shoppers, however to our main supermarkets it’s enterprise as regular.

“They know full properly that 1 in 3 Frankenchickens can barely stroll, that hundreds of thousands die of coronary heart assault, and that hundreds of thousands extra die of horrendous ailments.

“And nonetheless, not solely do even the self proclaimed “excessive welfare” and “moral” retailers like Morrisons and Co-op proceed to promote Frankenchickens, package deal their meat as “welfare assured”, and inform us that they care deeply about animal welfare, they do all this understanding that alternate options can be found.”

“A whole lot of firms like M&S, Waitrose and even KFC have signed the Higher Hen Dedication, taking the lead in bettering animal welfare.

“As an alternative of following, supermarkets like Morrisons ignore and bury the problem behind feel-good advertising and marketing campaigns and PR spin.

“However these findings show as soon as and for all that it’s all only a story to maintain us coming again to the checkout: animals pay the last word worth for affordable rooster.”

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Naturalist and BBC presenter Chris Packham’s petition calling on UK supermarkets to signal the BCC has gained practically 1 / 4 of one million signatures.

A latest YouGov ballot discovered {that a} majority of Brits strongly oppose a lot of these farming practices even when taking value financial savings to themselves under consideration.

Chris Packham stated: “I believe shoppers can be completely disgusted to know that one million of those clever, delicate birds are dying each week to get low cost rooster onto their plates.

“The distress these animals face each day is pointless and would outrage even essentially the most ardent meat eaters, as a result of it serves no objective however to fulfill the income of our main supermarkets who refuse to assist them.

“Thankfully there are lots of issues consumers can do to assist.”

“In addition to consuming much less meat to scale back demand, we will dramatically enhance their lives in a matter of years just by displaying these massive supermarkets that we would like them to signal the Higher Hen Dedication.

“There have to be a shift in direction of a center floor of higher, however inexpensive selections that can assist us all participate in bettering animal welfare with out breaking the financial institution.

“It’s not truthful for that chance to be reserved for less than the properly off.”