SPARE A THOUGHT FOR CHICKENS
ALYX ELLIOTT Head of UK Campaigns World Animal Protection WHILE generally the more exotic and charismatic animals are the focus of many news stories, World Animal Protection are encouraging readers to think about the humble chicken.
Few people know that the mass production of meat chickens is one of the biggest causes of animal suffering in the world.
Sixty billion meat chickens are raised for global consumption each year. 2,000 chickens are slaughtered eve- ry second on average. Two thirds of these animals (40 billion) live in bleak, overcrowded sheds or cages with little or no natural light or fresh air, unable to perform many natural behaviours, such as scratching, pecking and dustbathing.
The chickens’ lives are miserable but they are also shockingly short – many are slaughtered while still babies, at as young as five weeks old.
World Animal Protection is now challenging one of the largest fastfood retailers of chicken, KFC, to improve the welfare standards of the chickens they serve up in their restaurants.
We are calling for slower-growing birds with more space, enrichment and natural light to allow for a better quality of life.
KFC has a huge stake in the market – we’d like to see them use their global influence and show they care about the welfare of chickens.
We have a real opportunity here.
Don’t let chickens suffer in secret, join us to make change.