The Pecking Order
Despite making billions of pounds from chickens, these huge companies are doing very little to give them better lives
- 40 billion chickens live in overcrowded factory farms all around the world, often crammed into sheds with up to 10,000 other chickens
- On average most of them will have a space smaller than a piece of A4 paper to live in
- Many will spend most of their short lives suffering discomfort and pain caused by growing too fast
The Pecking Order assesses fast food giants against three criteria:
What policies does the company have about protecting chicken welfare?
When does the company say it will take action to improve chickens’ lives?
How is the company reporting on its progress to improve chicken welfare?
Depending on their score for each category, we gave the company a grade from failing to very good. The full report is available at the bottom of the page.
See their scores
Click on the chickens below to see where these fast food giants land on our scale
The Pecking Order reveals how little fast food companies care about chickens
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Fast food companies must change
To stop the inexcusable suffering of billions of chickens a year, these brands must:
- Give chickens space to move more freely, and stop using cages
- Use breeds which grow at a healthier, more natural rate
- Create enriched environments providing opportunities for chickens to behave more naturally