Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Essex Chicken Prison

For Immediate Release:

3 April 2020


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


Over 17,000 Compassionate People Agree: Authorities Should Stand With the Public and Block Farm Proposal

Wix, Essex – Plans have been submitted to Tendring District Council for an intensive chicken farm in Wix, Essex, that would hold as many as 100,000 chickens at a time in intensive confinement and condemn approximately 760,000  sensitive birds to slaughter every year.

In response, PETA has sent a petition with over 17,000 signatures from local residents and other concerned members of the public urging the council to reject the plans, as the farm would cause the birds confined there immense suffering. Chickens are intelligent, social animals who can feel pain and distress. Fifty thousand gentle birds would be crammed into each of the two proposed buildings and denied the chance to do anything that comes naturally to them, such as roaming freely, roosting in trees, and interacting with their parents.

In the petition, PETA points out that, in addition to causing cruelty to animals on a massive scale, a facility of this kind would likely have many negative effects on the local area, including diminishing the character of the rural landscape and spoiling natural vistas. Ammonia from the chickens’ waste would also have a negative impact on air quality, human health, the environment, and wildlife.

“Thousands of compassionate people have spoken, and Tendring District Council should heed their concerns for animal welfare, the environment, and the health of the community,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling for this plan to be scrapped, sparing thousands of birds a lifetime of suffering and an agonising death.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that chickens are curious, active animals who, in nature, spend their time foraging, exploring, and taking dust baths. Chickens naturally live for up to 11 years, but on this farm, they’d be sent to the abattoir when they’re 33 to 37 days old. There, they’d be gassed or electrocuted or their throats would be slit.

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