Shock at low levels of poultry welfare
A new Defra –funded, Bristol University study says one in four battery-reared chickens has difficulty walking. The study found that at 40 days old, nearly 28 per cent of the broilers showed “poor locomotion” with over 3.0 per cent unable to walk.
report lead author, Dr Toby Knowles, says – The welfare implications of this study are profound. Worldwide some 20 billion broilers are reared within similar husbandry systems… biased towards economics of production and detrimental to poultry welfare. An abstract of his paper is reproduced below.