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April 30, 2019 - The Vegan Authority

SAFE exposes suffering behind chicken factory in New Zealand

SAFE exposes suffering behind chicken factory in New Zealand
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Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) released footage on April 30, 2019 from an Auckland chicken farm that would shock most meat-eaters.

The New Zealand animal rights group video, showed "dead and dying chickens; including stranded birds that have fallen on their backs, unable to get up. Many of the chickens have red-raw skin, as a result of lying in their own excrement".

Chickens raised in the meat industry, are bred to grow to slaughter weight in just 6 weeks, resulting in severe health and mobility issues. "NZ poultry industry spokesperson Michael Brooks has confirmed that thousands die every day".

"These baby birds are so overweight and unbalanced, they are at high risk of toppling over on their backs. That can be an early death sentence on a factory farm," said Marianne Macdonald, SAFE’s Head of Campaigns.

"While the footage is shocking, what it shows is something that could be found hidden behind the walls of any chicken factory farm in New Zealand. Suffering and death are commonplace, which is the result of extreme selective breeding. We call these ‘SAD’ chickens, because they are sick and deformed. These birds are pushed beyond what their bodies can cope with."


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