10 facts on why we need a #ChangeForChickens

Posted on 25 October 2016 by

George White

in the Animals in farming blog

Here are 10 facts on why we need a #ChangeForChickens from our communications volunteer Jessica Wood.

1. There are more chickens in the world than any other bird, but unlike other birds which have freedom, most chickens are kept in overcrowded sheds. Here they’re packed in with tens of thousands of other chickens, and suffer a staggeringly short life

Chickens crammed into an indoor farming system

2. Meat chickens bred in factory farms are slaughtered after six weeks, however in higher welfare farming conditions, chickens are likely to be slaughtered at an older age

A 28 day broiler chicken sitting amongst others in a commercial indoor farming system

3. Two thousand meat chickens are slaughtered every second around the world – and out of a staggering 60 billion farmed every year, 40 billion of these are factory grown

An infographic with chicken graphics making up the number 60 to show that 60 billion chickens are farmed every year

4. Globally, 70% of meat chickens are raised in intensive factory farming systems and will have more space in the oven than when they were alive

Infographic saying more space in the oven than when it was alive with a graphic of a chicken in an oven5. Chickens form complex social groups and communicate using over 30 types of calls

An infographic saying chickens can perform over 30 types of call with a graphic of chickens with speech bubbles
6. Living naturally, chickens could do the things they enjoy, for example foraging for food or dust-bathing. But the majority living in factory farms don’t even have enough room to fully stretch their wings

An infographic saying chickens need to perch, dust bathe and forage to stay fit and healthy with graphics of chickens
7. The average number of chickens farmed for meat is increasing, with those slaughtered per week in the UK rising to just over 19 million in 2016 compared to 17 million in 2012

7 day old broiler meat chickens in an indoor commercial farming system

8. Most meat chickens lead a miserable life in an intensive factory environment exacerbated by fast growth rates leading to health problems such as weak bones, leg injuries and breathing difficulties

An infographic showing the suffering of factory grown chickens which includes stress, heart conditions, breathing difficulties, skin lesions, leg injuries and skin conditions
9. Rapid growth rates are commonplace for meat chickens. EU factory-grown chickens are expected to reach 2.5 kilos on average, in only 42 days and in Brazil, factory- grown chickens are expected to reach 2.6 kilos in 47 days. A slower-growing, less intensively reared bird would have around 30%+ more time to reach a similar weight

A 28 day broiler chicken  sitting on the ground in a commercial indoor farming system
10. Nearly 900 million chickens are produced each year in the UK

A chick suffering in a commercial indoor farming system

We need to demand a change to make sure their suffering does not continue.

We’re challenging KFC to improve the lives of chickens as part of our #ChangeForChickens campaign. But we need your help! Demand change today by signing our petition now and together we can improve the lives of millions of birds.

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