Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Northamptonshire Chicken Prison

Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Northamptonshire Chicken Prison

Over 20,000 Compassionate People Agree: Authorities Should Stand With the Public and Block Farm Proposal

Rushden – A proposal has been submitted for a chicken farm in Rushden that would condemn more than 2 million gentle birds a year to a life of misery and inevitable slaughter. In response, PETA has sent a petition with over 20,000 signatures from local residents and other concerned members of the public urging North Northamptonshire Council to reject the plan.

In the petition, PETA points out that, in addition to causing cruelty to animals on a massive scale, the planned farm would have many negative effects on the local area, including compromising the character of the landscape through the erection of buildings on the site, increased traffic from heavy goods vehicles, and the enormous quantities of manure and environmental pollutants, such as ammonia, it would generate.

“Thousands of compassionate people have spoken, and North Northamptonshire Council should heed their concerns for animal welfare, the environment, and the health of the community,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “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 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.

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