I received an email on behalf of the RSPCA about raising awareness of an urgent campaign to protect the welfare of UK meat chickens.
Right now, the government is considering new EU legislation that may increase the number of chickens allowed in rearing sheds. Even at current minimum standards, each bird is given less space than a sheet of A4. It’s hard to walk or even flap their wings. But this legislation would allow yet more birds to be squashed in, cutting that space by almost a quarter.
The RSPCA desperately need your help to urge Jim Fitzpatrick, Minister for Animal Welfare, to make the right choice for UK chickens and quash the squash, by sending an email via the RSPCA campaign website. Mr Fitzpatrick’s decision is imminent and the RSPCA want 15,000 letters to be sent before he makes his decision.
For this campaign the RSPCA have also created a short film called Irritating Chicken to highlight the plight of broiler (meat) chickens if EU legislation on living conditions is brought into force in the UK. The purpose of the stunt was to invade people’s personal space and make them feel what is like being squashed into a chicken shed.
Show your support for broiler chickens today.