Victory! Plans for Monstrous Chicken Farm in Lincolnshire Are Rejected
Fantastic news for chickens! Plans for an intensive chicken farm in Great Ponton, Lincolnshire, have been rejected by South Kesteven District Council after over 25,000 PETA supporters signed a petition opposing the facility.
Through PETA’s petition and other objections by local residents, kind people expressed their concerns about cruelty to chickens in the meat industry as well as the noise, smells, pollution, and other health risks the facility could have caused.
If the proposal had been approved, up to 270,000 chickens at a time would have been forced to spend their short lives in barren, dirty sheds. Bred to have large, heavy upper bodies, they may have suffered from severe health problems, including deformed or arthritic legs.
Then, at only 33 days old, they would have been packed into crates to be transported to an abattoir, where they would have been gassed to death or electrocuted and their throats would have been slit.
Chickens are intelligent and can be playful and sociable – each individual has a unique personality. They don’t deserve to be treated like a collection of “nuggets”, wings, and “drumsticks”.
The decision is great news not only for chickens but also for our planet: according to the United Nations, animal agriculture is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.
This victory for animals wouldn’t have been possible without the help of PETA supporters. A huge thank you to everyone who signed our petition.
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