Billboard to Pay Tribute to Chickens Killed in Shed Blaze

Billboard to Pay Tribute to Chickens Killed in Shed Blaze

Driffield, East Yorkshire – In honour of the tens of thousands of birds who died when two chicken sheds on a farm in Driffield caught fire on 2 July, PETA plans to place a billboard in the area pointing out who’s ultimately responsible for their deaths: everyone who hasn’t gone vegan

“Each of these birds was an individual who felt pain and fear as smoke and flames engulfed them,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA urges everyone to be kind to sensitive birds – as well as pigs, cows, and other animals – by eating vegan.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that chickens are smart, social, sensitive animals who love their families and value their own lives. Those raised for their flesh on factory farms are routinely fed antibiotics and bred to grow so large that their legs often collapse under their own bodyweight. At the abattoir, they’re shackled upside down, their throats are slit, and they’re scalded in defeathering tanks – sometimes while still conscious.

The group further notes that cramming stressed animals together on farms like this one not only is a living hell for them but also creates a perfect breeding ground for infectious diseases. Confining animals on faeces-ridden farms, transporting them in filthy lorries, and slaughtering them on killing floors soaked with blood, urine, and other bodily fluids can cause deadly pathogens to emerge that can spread from animals to humans.

PETA offers a free vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips, and more. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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