Fast-food chains accused of ‘brutal’ treatment of chickens
KFC, McDonald’s, Nando’s and Domino’s Pizza have been accused of subjecting billions of chickens to lives of misery that end in a painful death.
The world’s nine biggest fastfood chains – including Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut and Starbucks – have, according to a campaign group, been rated “poor” or “failing” on chicken welfare, and accused of putting birds through “chronic pain” in “brutal” industrial-scale systems.
The report by World Animal Protection found “an almostuniversal disregard among the brands… for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their global supply chains”.
The fast-food brands insist that they adhere to Red Tractor standards or their own animal welfare guidelines, or exceed minimum legal standards.
About 40 billion meat chickens are raised each year in factory farms. Two-thirds are raised in barren, dark warehouses, campaigners claim in the report.
Nando’s and KFC said they are committed to animal welfare. Domino’s, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut had not commented at the time of going to press. Starbucks and Burger King were approached for comment but did not respond. Piers Morgan has blamed a Greggs vegan sausage roll for the stomach bug that landed him in hospital with “exploding innards”.
The Good Morning Britain presenter ate one on air after criticising the chain as “PC-ravaged clowns” for introducing it in stores.
After being hospitalised, he said: “I was diagnosed with stomach gastritis and duodenitis... After extensive hospital tests it appears I’m not going to die – I apologise for the upset this development will cause.”