PETA now has in its possession- eyewitness photos of the conditions in another broiler chicken farm in the UK.
The images show chickens packed tightly into a shed with so little room that they can barely spread their wings.
Many seem to have lost feathers, probably due to stress, lack of proper nutrition and have injuries likely sustained from other frustrated birds.
Inside the shed, the images captured show dead and rotting chickens in the bottom of a pit and bins full of birds outside who died before they were taken to the abattoir.
"Countless exposés of British factory farms reveal the same thing: sick, miserable, and dying animals who are treated like inanimate objects, not as living beings deserving of care. The suffering exposed in these most recent pictures is not the exception – it's most certainly the rule", says PETA Director Elisa Allen. "PETA urges everyone to help stop cruelty to chickens by choosing vegan meals."
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" – reminds us that chickens on today's factory farms are bred to grow so large that their bodies often cannot support a weight they are never supposed to reach. This means they are unable to stand, let alone walk. Chickens can also sustain broken wings and legs when they're put into crates to be transported to the abattoir, where they'll spend their final moments shackled upside down before their throats are cut.
For more information, including vegan recipes, please visit PETA.org.uk.