Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Chicken Prison

For Immediate Release:

7 September 2017


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


Over 5,000 Compassionate People Agree: Authorities Should Stand With the Public and Block Farm Proposal

Rushden, Northamptonshire – A proposal has been submitted for a new intensive chicken farm to be built in Northamptonshire that would condemn a staggering 540,000 gentle birds a year to a life of misery and in response, PETA has sent a petition with over 5,000 signatures from local residents and other concerned members of the public urging East Northamptonshire Council to reject the plan.

In the petition, the group points out that, in addition to causing cruelty to animals on a massive scale, a farm of this kind would likely have many negative effects on the local area, including noise from high-velocity roof fans, increased traffic from heavy-goods vehicles on narrow country roads, and the generation of enormous quantities of environmental pollutants such as manure and toxic chemicals. The contamination of water supplies could also have a detrimental impact on wildlife.

“Thousands of compassionate people have spoken, and East Northamptonshire 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 millions of birds a lifetime of suffering and an agonising death.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – has documented that chickens used for food are routinely fed antibiotics and bred to grow so large that their legs often break under their own weight. At the abattoir, they’re shackled upside down, their throats are slit, and they’re scalded in defeathering tanks – sometimes while still conscious.

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