Tuesday 17 July 2012

Room for one more...?

I highly doubt it!

RSPCA NSW Education Team arranged their clucky friends the other day to replicate the conditions in an intensive broiler system (pictured below). Don't be surprised by the lack of room because it provides a realistic portrayal of how a meat chicken can live its life when their welfare is sacrificed to produce a higher yield of produce.

Although consumers are now making the switch to cage free, barn laid and free range eggs to the excitement of many layer hens, not so many are aware of their impact when they are eating a fried chicken drumstick or breast fillet burger. Sure, our meat chickens (also known as broilers) don't live in cages, but being crammed into a barn with 40 000 of your not so close friends is just as inhumane.

According to RSPCA Australia: "Conventional meat chickens are kept in barren conditions with little room to move as the bird reaches slaughter weight. After years of selective breeding this can be as early as 35 days old. The birds fast growth can lead to leg, joint, bone and heart problems or sudden death." (For more information, visit: http://www.choosewisely.org.au/)

If you would like to make a difference to the lives of our chicky friends, always find out what farming system your chicken comes from before taking a bite!

RSPCA NSW Education chickens are always available to visit you and your group to help educate others on their humane food choices, so if you would like to meet each one in person, contact us on 9782 4460 or email education@rspcansw.org.au

No room to be normal...

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