Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Lincolnshire Chicken Prison

For Immediate Release:

17 July 2019


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]


Over 25.000 Compassionate People Agree: Authorities Should Stand With the Public and Block Farm Proposal

Lincolnshire – Plans have been submitted to the South Kesteven District Council for an intensive chicken farm in Lincolnshire that would hold as many as 270,000 chickens in intensive confinement and condemn 2 million baby birds to slaughter every year. The plans have already caused outrage among locals.

In response, PETA has sent a petition with over 25.000 signatures from local residents and other concerned members of the public urging South Kesteven District Council to reject the plan, as the farm would cause the birds confined there immense suffering. Chickens are intelligent, social animals who can feel pain and distress. As many as 45,000 of them at a time would be crammed into each of the six proposed buildings, 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, an expansion 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 South Kesteven 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 would face a throat-cutting machine before being plunged into scalding-hot water.

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