SUCCESS! Wychavon District Council Rejects Cruel ‘Chicken City’

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Stock chickens TEXTMore than 26,000 of you took action last month to ask Wychavon District Council to refuse planning permission for a cruel new chicken factory farm in Worcestershire. And the council listened!

Council members voted unanimously against the proposal to build an intensive broiler chicken unit in the village of Upton Snodsbury, which would have confined 160,000 birds at a time to filthy, crowded sheds. Applause actually broke out in the council chamber when this excellent decision was announced.

This is great news both for the local community – which would have had to put up with increased noise, traffic, smells and possible environmental damage – and for chickens. Birds raised for meat in this type of intensive system are forced to spend their lives in sheds that stink of ammonia with tens of thousands of other birds, dosed with antibiotics to fight disease and bred to grow so large so fast that many of them become crippled under their own weight and experience organ failure. They are killed for their flesh at 42 days old, when they reach “slaughter weight”.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this victory for animals!

However, we know from experience that this may not be the end of this unethical proposal. It’s possible that the applicant may go to the Planning Inspectorate to appeal the council’s decision. In the past, the Planning Inspectorate has disregarded the voices of local people as well as concern for animals and overturned democratic decisions on factory farming applications.

If that happens, we hope you’ll stand with us again to speak out for chickens and make our voices heard.



  • raymonde robson commented on September 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    i’m not a veggie but i do support action against the unneccesary cruelty to animals ,and would and do buy my meat from freerange butchers,i also hate the use of animals for testing perfume and other unesential products,i admire most of the work carried out by PETA

    • Marion Dill commented on September 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Raymonde Robson, great! Imo, to care for and help animals, you don’t strictly have to be vegetarian/vegan. And buying local freerange meat from your local butchers is good news 🙂 I campaign to stop live exports from Ramsgate/Dover, and we have meat eaters among our campaigners who source their meat carefully. If people manage to have one or two meat-free days a week, that’s a huge step forwards already.

  • Beatriz Quijada commented on September 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Stop stop stop this horror!

  • Bev van Gelder commented on September 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Humane sorting out rodent problem easy the humane way. Ban sale of anything other!

  • Bev van Gelder commented on September 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Ban sale of inhumane old fashioned traps!

  • Doreen Sevilla commented on September 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Brits are imbecile

  • Chrissie commented on September 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Well done. I am a veggie, and I would just like to mention that as a nation we consume 730 millions chickens a year, around 2 million per day. 70% of those are home grown. In order to satisfy this demand it is logical to expect this cruelty all over the country (and the world) as the suppliers are only trying to meet the insatiable demand for cheap meat. I don’t know anyone who eats meat who would even care about this!

  • sandra Skelly commented on September 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Good news

  • Anne Hemmings commented on September 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Let us treat all species with equal respect. Teach our children that all life has value.

  • Francisco commented on September 16, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I am vegan
    A choice I made to protect the innocent animals killed every day and that they can’t defend themselves by all greedy unethical mother fuckers causing them harm.

  • Tulin commented on September 16, 2014 at 6:07 am

    It’s cruel and evil and should be stopped.thats all you hear everyday cruelty and slaughter to helpless animals.stop stop

  • Olga Silvestre Mora commented on September 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm


  • Alejandra VEGANGonzalez commented on September 19, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Thank you so much to the council of Wychavon District and all the council members!!!


    Peace and love,


  • olimpia marina commented on September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Cruelty to animals needs to be stopped.Thank you for helpin those animals ad please never give up.More and more people should join.

  • Alie commented on October 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Er moet een flinke straf komen op dieren mishandelingen in Mega stallen
    Deze wreedheden moeten stoppen,Mega stallen kleiner want iederland heeft zijn eigen dieren.Dus ook afschaffen om dieren 10000de kilo meters te vervoeren is niet nodig.

  • maureen commented on October 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I’m veggie, I’m 6teen and I’m French and I hope that Peta will win for animals and just do what we need to do for the freedom of animals. Please stop crueltyfree animals deserve better !!

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