People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) released a video filmed by animal rights campaigners showing chickens being kept among the corpses of dead birds in a poultry farm.
The footage was filmed at Stewkley Farm in Buckinghamshire, which supplies chickens to Faccenda – the second-largest chicken-processing company in the United Kingdom. Faccenda then sells the meat onto well-known food retailers, including Asda, Lidl and Nando’s.
One of the images shows a dead bird that has lost the majority of its feathers situated close to the live chickens. Peta also claims that it has spotted signs of bumblefoot among the chickens, a condition that causes pus-filled abscesses to appear on the feet of birds.
According to Peta, many of the birds have lost their feathers due to stress, inadequate nutrition or injuries sustained from other birds.
Peta has already submitted a complaint against the farm to the Advertising Standards Authority and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).