Day: January 28, 2019

42 days from the life of a chicken

Squashed, kicked, and disposed of alive – in Germany, 99% of all broiler chickens live on farms with more than 10,000 animals. In Germany, 30 million chickens die each year before slaughter, due to poor housing conditions!!

Not only the animals suffer terrible torments, also the human being is affected.
According to a recent report, the practices of intensive chicken production contribute to the increase in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria that are transmissible from animals to humans, such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and E.coli.

For decades, mass animal farmers have been pumping antibiotics into the animals to make up for inhuman and disease-causing conditions. Now the bacteria fight back.

E. coli is by far the most common cause of urinary tract infection and dangerous human blood poisoning, and it can also cause meningitis. These infections can be fatal if they do not respond to antibiotics.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), over the next few years, antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” could kill 1.3 million people in Europe if nothing more is done to solve the problem. Researchers are already studying medieval sources in search of antibiotic-resistant germs. Farmers still want to use antibiotics, although factory farming promotes antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Criminal, right?

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A new research shows systematic animal distress at Wiesenhof and Co. – from the first day until the day of slaughter. Bruised, kicked, taken away alive: An undercover research by Animal Equality reveals the systematic cruelty in German chicken mast farms. The documented operations supply the major groups Wiesenhof and Rothkötter. After a maximum of 42 days of life, the agony of the animals ends: in the slaughterhouse.
In Germany, 99% of all broiler chickens live in farms with more than 10,000 animals. There they live densely packed in huge halls.

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Again and again, chickens were documented that can no longer run or stand up. Often a sign of overbreeding.
Weak and sick animals are eliminated. In the video, a worker squeezes a chick on the trough – presumably to kill it.
Chicks are systematically disposed of alive in all filmed farms. A total of ten times this has been documented.

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The transport to the slaughterhouse begins with kicks and punches of the catcher squads. Animals are grabbed by the legs and thrown into the pits. It is not unusual for wings or legs to break.

In most commercial chicken farms, the chickens are given antibiotics against infection. These funds are relatively cheap and available everywhere and they provide high profits. The problems occur when the animals are kept in dirty conditions and exposed to infections and viruses.

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Do you eat chicken meat?

Then there is a high risk of being infected with Campylobacter. With more than 70,000 reported illnesses in 2016 and similar high numbers in previous years, Campylobacter enteritis has become the most common bacterial notifiable disease in Germany.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the most significant risk factor for Campylobacter infection was the consumption of chicken meat.

The EU legislation on “animal welfare” for fattening chicken does not currently guarantee “the welfare” of the farm chicken. This is evident from the implementation report of the EU Commission itself. The EU Parliament will try to pass a resolution on this issue next week to finally move things forward.

Although the problems are known, although other countries have long since reacted, although the representatives of the European Parliament and the EU states after several years, negotiations on new regulations have agreed …. the EU states have three years to the new rules implement.

Thus, the regulation does not apply until the end of 2021!!

What the regular “feeding” with antibiotics for animals and for humans – as the end of the food chain – has effects, we can count on five fingers (if we want to see the problem!)

My comment: The animals get sick because of performance breeding and in the mega cases. Politicians can not say that they do not know. They know it. Consumers know it.

But the system allows (under the influence of agribusiness lobbyists) that factory farming should only meet the minimum legal requirements of animal welfare, which is anything but animal friendly.

It has to be compulsively and recklessly produced more and more… and cheaper… to generate returns. Of course, nobody is interested in the fact that it is about sentient beings, animals, and not commodities.

The animal welfare issue must be part of a general political and social rethink that does not subordinate the rights of animals to the economic interests of the dairy and meat industry.

However, this sick system can not change only by the purchasing decisions of the individual, so we must achieve this through basic power.

My best regards, Venus