27 March 2000
Call to end intensive poultry farming
INTENSIVE poultry farming should be outlawed after a study revealed the suffering of broiler chickens, claims an animal welfare group.
Compassion in World Farming called for this after research discovered chickens crippled through being forced to grow too fast in overcrowded conditions, would eat painkillers if given the choice.
The research, published in the Veterinary Record concluded that as chickens lameness increase, so did the proportion of drugged feed they consumed.
Some 800 million broiler chickens are reared for meat in Britain each year.
Daily Mail 27/03/2000 page24