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Why give up chicken?
The chicken is possibly the most abused animal on earth. Born in a hatchery without ever knowing their mothers, they’re forced to live most of their lives indoors in a crowded shed.
- More than 95 per cent of chickens in the UK are intensively reared indoors (factory farmed), with free range production systems accounting for less than four per cent of the total market and organic just one per cent
- A chicken’s natural lifespan is usually 5-8 years and in some cases they can live 10-12 years. Broiler chickens have an average lifespan of just 6 weeks
- Chickens would normally live in flocks of around twelve. Broiler chickens spend their lives inside a foul-smelling, often windowless shed with tens of thousands of other birds
- Because of this overcrowding, many chickens can’t reach food or water and die from hunger and thirst
- Modern chickens have been bred to gain weight rapidly. As these young birds pile on the weight, their underdeveloped bones are unable to support them and many end up crippled or lame, with broken bones
- In the UK, we now kill more than one billion broiler chickens annually, or roughly three million birds a day
Dairy cows are born into a cycle of abuse in a system which rips babies away from their mothers so humans can drink their milk.
- Cows do not naturally produce milk. Like humans, cows must be made pregnant in order to produce milk meant for their newborn calves. Dairy cows are forcefully impregnated every year
- Newborn calves are ripped from their mothers when they are just a day old
- Tens of thousands of male calves are killed every year as they are deemed unprofitable to the industry
- Modern cows have been selectively bred to produce 10 times more milk than natural, putting immense strain on their bodies
- A cow’s natural lifespan is about 20 years. Farmed cows die, or are killed, at an average age of five or six after literally being worked to death
- When they are no longer considered to be productive and profitable, dairy cows end up as ‘low-grade’ meat
- Dairy is not a health food – it has been linked to some cancers as well as other conditions including osteoporosis and acne, amongst others
More on dairy cows
To meet the demands of modern high yielding dairy farming, cows in Britain are pushed to the limit. Find out how they are farmed, how they are killed, and why we must stop consuming dairy.
Our campaigns and investigations into the dairy and chicken industry have exposed horrors beyond belief. Click on the images below to learn the truth about what is considered ‘standard practice’ in British factory farms and see the positive impact of our outreach.