Fast-food chains ac­cused of ‘bru­tal’ treat­ment of chick­ens

i Newspaper - - NEWS - By Jane Dal­ton

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.”

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