Victory! Plans for Monstrous Chicken Farm in Northamptonshire Are Withdrawn

Posted by on March 1, 2018 | Permalink

Great news for chickens! An application for a gigantic factory farm in Rushden, Northamptonshire – which would have sent over 4 million chickens to slaughter every year – has been withdrawn. This announcement follows a petition opposing the farm signed by over 5,000 PETA supporters as well as a campaign organised by local residents.

If the farm had gone ahead, 540,000 sensitive and intelligent chickens at a time would have been crammed into 10 barren sheds, where they’d have been denied the chance to engage in any kind of natural behaviour, such as foraging, roosting, and socialising. At just 38 days old, they’d have been packed onto lorries and endured a gruelling journey to the abattoir. Finally, they’d likely have been packed into gas chambers to choke on carbon dioxide or shackled, hung upside down, and electrocuted before their throats were slit.

The application, submitted on behalf of Bedfordia Farms Ltd, was withdrawn the day before it was due to be considered by East Northamptonshire Council. A committee report published by the council also recommended that the plans be rejected.

Thank you to everyone who took action and signed our petition.

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