We have all seen recent tv about NZ telling everyone how wonderful it is to live there.
Well here is the other dark side of NZ. Maybe it should think about the welfare of animals rather than just humans.
All of the following text and videos relate to a campaign being run by ‘SAFE’ in New Zealand – here is the link to their site – https://www.safe.org.nz/ – check them out and give them your support – WAV.
Sick and Deformed Baby Birds
New Zealand Chicken Meat Industry Cruelty Exposed
At just five weeks of age, she stands with difficulty. Although still cheeping like a little chick, her adult-sized body is in so much pain, with swollen feet and legs which barely hold her up. Her skin is red-raw from lying in the ammonia-soaked litter. Around her are the bodies of other chicks who have died of heart failure – their bodies unable to cope with the unnatural growth rate. Tomorrow those who can no longer walk will be culled.
She wants to go outside, to breathe the fresh air, feel the sun on her back and the earth under her feet. But the so-called “pop-holes” to the outside are far away, there are thousands of other birds in the way and her legs hurt so terribly under the weight of her overgrown body.
The only time she will get outside is next week when the truck arrives. She and those around her who are still alive will be picked up, shoved into crates and taken for slaughter.
She is a free-range chicken.
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Baby birds, bred to suffer
Chicken Meat Industry Cruelty Exposed
Confronting footage of an Auckland chicken farm shows dead and dying chickens. As previous investigations have shown, these scenes are replicated across New Zealand inside the industrial sheds where chickens are bred for meat.
The sick and deformed (SAD) chickens in the footage are just five weeks old, but because of selective breeding, they are already the size of adult chickens. The chicks struggle to stand up because of the size of their abnormal bodies. They are so top-heavy, that they can get stuck on their backs, and are left to struggle desperately trying to get back up.
The chicken industry’s own figures show that thousands of birds die every day of heart failure and other health problems, even before they reach the slaughter age of six weeks. Almost a third suffer from painful lameness. When their legs fail, they may be unable to reach food and water.
Life as a chicken used for meat
Around 120 million chickens were slaughtered for meat in New Zealand in 2017. Four out of every five land animals killed for meat in NZ are chickens.
These birds (often referred to by the poultry industry as ‘broilers’) have been selectively bred for their meat, rather than eggs. They are completely separate breeds from those used for egg laying.
The majority are housed in large, windowless sheds holding around 40,000 birds. The floor covering (litter) is only changed when the birds are removed for slaughter at around six weeks. This causes urine and faeces to build up in the litter, resulting in high ammonia levels in the air and burns to the soles of the chickens’ feet and ankle joints (hocks).
Birds are packed closely together, especially in their last weeks, and have little space to move. The legal maximum stocking density is 38kg per square metre, (which equates to 19 birds per square meter), giving each bird a floor area of less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper.
As the birds grow, conditions deteriorate and the sheds become increasingly overcrowded. They must constantly compete to reach food and water supplies. Antibiotics are routinely fed in an attempt to prevent diseases that can spread in these poor conditions.
Bred to Suffer
In NZ, nearly all farmers breed Cobb and Ross chickens, both of which have been selectively bred over many generations to put on weight very quickly. They double in size every week, reaching the desired slaughter weight of about 2.5kg at only about six weeks of age. Chickens would normally take six months to fully mature.
Horrifyingly, the net effect of this fast growth is that the industry has made a breed of bird that has severe health problems and is a ‘non-survivor’. This means that if any of these birds were fortunate enough to be rescued and allowed to live naturally, they usually would not survive past one-year-old due to their poor genetic disposition.