Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Nottinghamshire Chicken Prison

Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Nottinghamshire Chicken Prison

Over 17,000 People Agree: Authorities Must Block Farm Proposal

Nottinghamshire – A proposal has been submitted for the development of a chicken farm in Ranby that would condemn around 1.7 million gentle birds a year to a life of misery and inevitable slaughter. In response, PETA sent a petition signed by more than 17,000 local residents and other concerned members of the public urging Bassetlaw District 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 outstanding natural landscape through the erection of buildings, increasing local traffic as a result of heavy goods vehicles travelling to and from the site, and generating enormous quantities of manure and environmental pollutants, such as ammonia.

“Thousands of compassionate people have spoken, and Bassetlaw District Council should heed their concerns over 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 to spare millions 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, and sensitive individuals who love their families and value their lives. Those raised for their flesh on factory farms are routinely fed antibiotics and bred to grow so large so quickly that their legs often collapse under their own bodyweight. At abattoirs, 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 the one proposed creates not only a living hell for animals but also a breeding ground for infectious diseases – as evidenced by the recent bird flu outbreak in the area. 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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