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Chickens ‘left to rot’ on factory farms supplying supermarket giants


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Factory farms supplying UK supermarket giants have found chickens dying of thirst in ‘breeding grounds for the disease’, a major new investigation has revealed.

According to investigators, three major sites supplying Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and KFC have revealed “unsanitary” conditions.

“Dirty” industrial farms

The shocking findings came after running the vegan charity Viva! launched a secret investigation.

It took place on farms in Hertfordshire, Somerset and Derbyshire.

The first, funnel Avara Foods – Tesco’s largest poultry supplier – showed 30,000 chickens dying of dehydration under horrific conditions.

According to Viva !, their “grotesquely overweight” body means they cannot access water points because their legs are too weak. Growth is often maximized in intensive farming to achieve “slaughter weight” earlier.

And it causes a host of problems such as lung problems, broken bones and weakened hearts.

A spokesperson said The independent: “The damning images also show dead birds trampled on the ground. And covered in rubbish, which seems to have been left for a while. This is “not surprising given the large number of birds in the shed.”

Factory farming footage shows 44,000 birds kept in cramped conditions

Secret investigations

The other investigations took place at Hook 2 Sisters in Somerset and at one of the 800 sites in Moy Park, Overbrook Farm. Together they supply Aldi, Co-Op, KFC, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

At Hook 2 Sisters, “many” dead and decaying birds were found. In addition, many others had “shank burns” from the ammonia on the floor.

Some exhibited feathers pecked by other birds, showing a sign of behavior change due to the conditions. This is well documented in factory farms. And, widely understood as a sign of frustration, stress, and boredom.

“Countless” birds kept in Moy Park were also dead and “left to rot.”

The farm is owned by Pilgrim’s Pride, an American brand of meat giant JBS. In addition, it kills an impressive six million birds per week.

Industrial farms

Head of Investigations at Viva! is Lex Rigby. She told the outlet: “I am concerned to see examples of cannibalism, feather pecking and birds suffering from severe feather loss.

“Marketing tricks customers into believing the UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. But the reality is far away… ”

Lex Rigby, Head of Investigations at Viva!

“Our insatiable desire for cheap chicken has led to an alarming increase in American-style mega-farms that prioritize profit over welfare.

“Vast factory farming facilities litter the countryside, causing unnecessary pain and suffering. In addition to harming our health and the environment.

“Marketing tricks consumers into believing the UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. But the reality is far from the advertisements.

Long live! is a vegan charity that campaigns against factory farming

Certified farms

All farms held approvals from Red Tractor, an agency that guarantees high standards. Products displaying its logo are “of responsible origin” and come from “well-groomed” animals.

But a number of investigations have been launched following the discovery.

According to Tesco, “any claim from suppliers below these criteria is unacceptable.” Additionally, a spokesperson for Moy Park said he would launch a full investigation. But Hook 2 Sisters claims the allegations are “false.”

Red Tractor said it had launched an investigation to “prove whether they presented an accurate representation of farm management.” All sites conform to its scheme, the survey concluded.

You can read more about the Viva survey! here