Badge of Dishonour: Powys Wins ‘Worst Council in the UK’ From PETA

Badge of Dishonour: Powys Wins ‘Worst Council in the UK’ From PETA

Powys – For approving more than 150 intensive chicken farms in the past five years alone, Powys County Council has received the title of “Worst Council in the UK” from PETA, along with a lump of coal.

In a letter (available here) sent to councillors, PETA notes that there are currently more than 8 million chickens suffering in Powys. This outnumbers the county’s human residents 64 to one. Local residents have even sued the council for rubber-stamping applications for mega-farms that have turned the River Wye into “pea soup” from manure, chemicals, and other muck – but the council keeps greenlighting more.

“Christmas is coming early for the members of Powys County Council, and they’re on the ‘naughty’ list,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling on them to offer a little peace on Earth and goodwill to all by rejecting all future requests for more chicken prisons.”

PETA investigations have exposed that chickens spend their entire miserable lives crammed by the tens of thousands into filthy, windowless, disease-ridden sheds on industrial-scale farms. Every person who goes vegan spares the lives of approximately 200 animals per year and helps prevent future pandemics: bird flu, swine flu, SARS, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food. And as the UK is facing its worst-ever outbreak of bird flu, Powys is at high risk of being a hotspot for the disease.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]