The world’s nine biggest fast-food giants are not treating chickens fairly and are subjecting them to immense pain while slaughtering them.
The above revelation has come to surface in a global investigation, which is also a first of its kind. The said global giants include KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway.
The investigation under question has rated all these chains as ‘poor’ or ‘failing’’ on chicken welfare. It has resented that these companies are putting birds through ‘chronic pain’ in ‘brutal’ industrial-scale systems that remain unknown to the consumers.
The report has been submitted by the World Animal Protection (WAP). It found “an almost-universal disregard among the brands … for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their global supply chains”.
Notably, the fast-food chains claim that they adhere to either the Red Tractor standards or their animal welfare guidelines. If any, they exceed minimum legal standards.
However, the report states around 40 billion meat chickens, having been raised annually in factory farms, are suffering from skin lesions, and even heart failure.
Two-thirds of these chickens are genetically selected to develop with such a speed that their legs become unable to bear their weight. Also, they are raised in dark, barren warehouses that limit their instinctive behavior.
The report has pointed out six common problems, i.e., overcrowding, breeding for ultrafast growth, cages severely restricting their movement, alien, and unhealthy environments, ‘squalid’ conditions, and unnatural lighting.
The report could not find any company performing higher than ‘poor’. In fact, Domino’s got the rating of ‘failing’. Moreover, while some of the said companies had policies to address the issues in one region or country, none had a global policy on chicken welfare improvement.