Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Welsh Chicken Prison

For Immediate Release:

25 August 2020


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

Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Welsh Chicken Prison

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

Ceredigion – Plans have been submitted to Ceredigion County Council for an intensive chicken farm at Tŷ Nant farm, near Talybont that would hold as many as in intensive confinement and condemn approximately 1 million sensitive birds to slaughter every year.

In response, PETA has sent a petition with nearly 20,000 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-five 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 free, 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 Ceredigion County 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.

The group further notes that factory farming not only is a living hell for animals but also creates a perfect breeding ground for infectious diseases. When animals are crammed together on crowded, faeces-ridden farms, transported in filthy lorries, and slaughtered on killing floors soaked with blood, urine, and other bodily fluids, deadly pathogens emerge and can spread from animals to humans. Taking into account the negative impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on our society, it’s imperative that intensive factory farms such as this one are no longer built in the UK.

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