No end to chicken suffering as genetic horror continues

Chickens bred for meat in New Zealand have been let down by a new code of welfare which continues to allow cruel practices and poor genetics of the birds, says SAFE.

Campaign director Eliot Pryor says SAFE is very disappointed with the limited scope of the just-released code for chickens raised for meat, referred to as broilers by producers. He says, "Chickens bred for their meat are among the worst-treated animals in the food industry, enduring short and brutal lives, and this new code will not improve their welfare in any meaningful way.

Meat chickens are selectively bred for fast growth and high meat production, reaching adult size in just six weeks. The chickens' fast growth leads to severe stress and pain to their legs and hips, affecting their ability to walk. Read more