The chicken industry
The Guardian released a large-scale investigation into infected chicken meat this week, with Viva!’s help
The investigation found that 2/3 of chicken meat is contaminated by campylobacter bacteria – one of the leading causes of food poisoning, round 280,000 people per year in the UK are made ill by it, with an estimated death toll of 100 people annually. Dirty machinery, gut flooded floors and flouted processing regulations are just some of the problems.
Read the whole investigation and watch the full report. In response to the Guardian’s investigation, health secretary Jeremy Hunt demands urgent inspections of chicken factories.
And this is to say nothing of the horror and meaningless of the slaughter itself. Nearly 900 million chickens are killed for food every year in the UK alone – a staggering number.
Juliet Gellatley, our founder and director, has written an excellent blog post on the issue – Feel like Chicken Tonight?. It’s well worth reading.
Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager, pointed out in another Guardian article – Britain’s increasing taste for white meat is a disaster for animals and for us – that this investigation is the thin end of the wedge when it comes to chicken meat and human health.