Tesco: Stop cruelty to farmed chickens

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Around one billion chickens are slaughtered for meat each year in the UK. The vast majority are kept in poor conditions. They are made to grow so fast that they can suffer heart attacks and many have leg problems from struggling to carry their own weight. This is why I’m calling on the UK’s biggest supermarket Tesco to sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment.

Five years ago I took part in a campaign to improve welfare for meat chickens - also known as broiler chickens - but nothing has changed. They don’t even have enough space to do what is natural to them like flap their wings properly and move around freely. This isn’t a fair way to treat an intelligent creature that feels pain and has emotions.

The RSPCA and other animal protection groups across Europe are asking food businesses to put into practice a new set of standards called the Better Chicken Commitment which will improve life for billions of chickens, by setting higher standards for things like space, natural light and more humane methods of slaughter.

Tesco is the UK's largest retailer and their spend on intensive indoor chicken meat is more than Asda and Morrisons combined. A change in policy by Tesco would have the biggest impact on the lives of broiler chickens - over 380 million animals would benefit every year!

Please sign my petition to help improve the lives of billions of chickens.