Report looks at the health and welfare issues of three fast-growing breeds of chicken
The RSPCA commissioned a report looking at fast-growing breeds compared to a slower-growing, higher welfare breed of chicken. The results are conclusive: genetics of these fast-growing chickens fail to safeguard welfare to such an extent that many birds could be considered as having a life not worth living.
Why chicken production needs to change
Slower growing over fast-growing. We found significant inefficiencies in standard meat chicken production. It's clear that fast-growing breeds suffer from poor health and welfare due to their genetics. Legislation is needed to safeguard the welfare of chickens must be implemented.
Cheap chicken. If issues such as mortality, lameness and downgraded carcasses due to poor meat quality (wooden breast and white striping) were taken into account, it would have a considerable impact on the cost of cheap chicken. The price of chicken is kept artificially low because these issues not being addressed adequately.
- Environmental impact. As well as being ethically questionable, the wastefulness of the industry brings into question just how environmentally sustainable standard production is. Slower-growing higher welfare breeds should replace fast-growing breeds.