Revealed: British Chicken Factory Farm Horror

For Immediate Release:

20 September 2016


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Exposé Shows Crippled Birds Packed Into Dark Sheds, Unable to Stand or Fully Spread Their Wings

London – PETA has obtained eyewitness video footage (available here) from a British broiler – i.e., chicken meat – farm, where birds are kept by the thousands in huge, windowless sheds. The footage, taken on a farm in Norfolk, shows chickens packed in so tightly that they can barely spread a wing. Many have lost feathers because of stress, inadequate nutrition, or injuries inflicted by other frustrated birds. Many others have been bred and drugged to grow so quickly that their legs have become crippled, leaving them in agonising pain and unable to walk, eat, drink, or even stand.

“Countless exposés of British factory farms reveal the same thing: sick, miserable, and dying animals who are treated like inanimate objects, not living beings deserving of care. The suffering exposed in this most recent video is not the exception – it is almost certainly the rule”, says PETA Foundation Director Elisa Allen. “PETA urges everyone to help stop cruelty to chickens by choosing vegan meals.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that chickens are killed for their flesh at around 40 days old, when they reach “slaughter weight”. At the abattoir, they are often shackled upside down and their throats are slit, while others are scalded – sometimes alive – in defeathering tanks.

Photos of the investigation are available here, and broadcast-quality footage is available upon request. For more information, please visit