The painful truth behind food deliveries
The story so far...
Around the world, more than 500 businesses have already committed to improving the living and slaughter standards chickens face on the farms in their supply chain.
Whilst some companies in Aotearoa have committed to these standards, most companies are lagging behind global progress.
The chicken industry is deceiving New Zealanders everywhere, hiding the suffering happening each day on home-turf.
The painful truth
Shockingly, the vast majority of the chickens raised for meat in Aotearoa come from industrial farms that use chickens selectively bred to grow unnaturally fast, reaching a size larger than a natural adult chicken in just six weeks.
Because of their abnormally fast-growth, these birds face many avoidable health problems such as heart disease and lameness.
Due to the unnatural breeding and terrible living conditions, every year around 2,000,000 birds die before they reach slaughter at six weeks - either on the shed floor, or removed and killed by a worker. This is according to the industry's own figures.
They are packed into sheds so tightly that, at the end of their life, they are left with roughly the size of an A4 page to exist in. The litter is never changed in their short lives, forcing them to live in their own excrement - ammonia fills the air and with legs that struggle to hold their weight, they often suffer from burns to their skin from the excrement left on the ground.
We stand with you to fight for better.
The Ranking Report
Animals Aotearoa has contacted food delivery and meal kit companies and produced a ranking report based on the action each company has taken on the welfare of the chickens in their supply chain.
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We’ve lined up food delivery brands that claim to care about animal welfare, but continue to use chickens bred to suffer.
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Food production should not be based on animal cruelty and suffering. Animal welfare matters more to me than the cheapest price.
Food producers, please respect chickens, their short lives are blighted by multi assaults on their bodies, from inhumane living conditions which denies them the chance of ever feeling the taste and feel of grass under their feet and sunshine on their bodies, they are breed to abnormal sizes, suffering cramped conditions leading to limbs that cannot support their body weight, sores develop and any vestige of a normal 6 week life becomes one of horror. Please you need to alter your productions ways to be more humane.
This is a country that cares about animal welfare. Why are we even having these conversations? If we care about animals we should just show it.
I think greed has taken over any respect for our land and animals. How anyone can show no regard for another living creature and their rights to a quality of life is beyond me. Cruel, selfish exploitive and greedy. Humans are animals too you know why is it just all about us however. Change your ways step up. Have the guts to be different.
Use the slower growing breeds, and let them outside in the yard to forage for bugs and grass and herbs - we did with ours on my parents' lifestyle block, and they tasted great! Most importantly, they were outside during the day and were happy chickens. THIS is what I want to eat - not the tasteless white meat sold as chicken. And I do not like to see animals suffer for any reason.
Animals are sentient beings and as such need to be treated with kindness when being transported and animal welfare codes followed and istigated so that they do not suffer
Come on NZ STOP the ABUSE !
I care about what I eat. Animals being reared in a healthy way is what we need. I refuse to support companies that don’t care about chickens. I am spreading the news to my friends, too. Please do better so we can feel free to purchase your products.
This is unacceptable. STOP THE ABUSE
Poultry are all sentient beings... just like you.
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! Look after these poor chickens. "Due to the unnatural breeding and terrible living conditions, every year around 2,000,000 birds die before they reach slaughter at six weeks - either on the shed floor, or removed and killed by a worker. This is according to the industry's own figures."
It’s time the food industry considered the suffering of animals. There is no need for chickens to suffer so terribly to feed us. Please make compassionate food supply choices.
Due to the unnatural breeding and terrible living conditions, every year around 2,000,000 birds die before they reach slaughter at six weeks - either on the shed floor, or removed and killed by a worker. This is according to the industry's own figures!