FACTORY FARMING HORROR: CHICKEN PRODUCTION Around 90 million chickens are slaughtered for their meat each year. The majority of these birds are housed in large, overcrowded, windowless sheds that each hold as many as 40,000 birds. Chickens have been selectively bred for fast growth and high meat production, reaching adult size in just six weeks. Tragically, due to their unnatural weight gain, ‘meat chickens’ are nonsurvivors – even if rescued they usually will not live long due to their poor genetic makeup.

Chickens bred for their meat (called ‘broilers’ by producers) are among the worst treated animals in the food industry, enduring shockingly short and undeniably cruel lives - and it’s happening right here in New Zealand.

“I stopped eating chicken years ago when I saw what chickens who were bred for meat went through, from their sad beginnings to their cruel and premature end. Why would anyone support an industry that was so cruel to animals?” Billy TK Jnr., Musician

UNNATURAL LIVES Intensively farmed chickens are packed closely together and have little space to move. Each bird has a floor area less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. As the birds grow, conditions deteriorate and sheds become increasingly overcrowded. The chickens never get to go outside and experience sunlight or fresh air and are unable to express natural behaviours, such as perching, foraging and running. CRIPPLED AND DYING The chickens’ fast growth leads to severe stress and pain in their legs and hips, affecting their ability to walk. Birds severely crippled and deformed are killed or die of starvation and thirst, unable to reach food or water. Thirty-eight per cent of chickens in New Zealand cant even walk normally. By the time they reach slaughter weight, at just 6 weeks old, they spend most of their time lying down. Chickens raised for meat also have a high mortality rate compared to laying hens of the same age. Approximately 10,000 birds die EVERY DAY in New Zealand’s broiler sheds as a result of heart failure, disease and afflictions caused by the intensive methods of production and health problems from selective breeding. THE PARENT BIRDS Chickens are hatched from eggs laid by parent birds (broiler breeders). Because of their genetic disposition to put on weight very quickly, parent birds are fed a very restricted diet and can suffer severe hunger. DONATE TO HELP CHICKENS

What about free range? Free range chickens are given more space but still suffer leg and health problems due to their poor genetics.

WHAT YOU CAN DO • Avoid buying factory farmed chicken products. • Encourage your local shops, and favourite restaurants and cafes to stop using factory farmed products. • PLEASE DONATE TODAY Your contribution is vital to stop factory farming in New Zealand.

Your donation ensures SAFE continues to campaign against factory farming in New Zealand. Donate over $40 and receive a free SAFE shopping bag! Yes, you have my support to help chickens by donating: l $25 l $40 l $60 l $100 Other $ l Yes, I wish to become a member First name Address City Phone Email Credit Card Number Mobile Date of Birth Surname l One-off l Monthly Hans Kriek SAFE Executive director “If, like me, you believe that no animal deserves to suffer endless confinement, pain, fear and stress, please donate today”

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