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Essere Animali: Evidence of cruelty to Italian laying hens

A new undercover investigation by Essere Animali in an intensive farm with 56,000 hens has revealed animals being handled and treated cruelly.  The investigation reveals sick birds being beaten to death, as well as possible violations to EU rules on stocking density....

Kraft Heinz signs the European Chicken Commitment

Kraft Heinz signs the European Chicken Commitment and pledges to improve the welfare of broilers by 2026. Rafael Oliveira, Kraft Heinz International Zone President said; “Extensive changes such as these require significant investment of time and resources,...

Nomad Foods signs the European Chicken Commitment

Nomad Foods, European leading frozen food company, signs the European Chicken Commitment. The company pledged to meet poultry welfare standards set by the European Chicken Commitment in several EU countries by 2026. Among their brands: Birds Eye, Iglo, Findus, Aunt...

Barilla goes cage-free across entire market

The Barilla Group has gone 100% cage-free for all its egg supply chains in all the countries in which it operates, after having completed the last transition in the United States, Turkey and Brazil.  The Parma-based food giant expressed "great satisfaction for the...

KFC signs the European Chicken Commitment

Photo: ©World Animal Protection KFC (UK and Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden) will be signing up to the European Chicken Commitment (ECC) in full.  The move commits the world's second-largest restaurant chain to improving the lives of all chickens...

Survey shows huge support for improving chicken welfare

Early this year, Eurogroup for Animals commissioned a survey on consumers’ perception on broiler chicken welfare in the top EU producers of chicken meat (France, Germany, the UK, Poland, Spain and Italy) as well as Belgium. The results found that 89% of respondents...

No welfare possible for laying hens kept in colony cages

In a letter to Carola Shouten, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality,  Dierenbescherming calls for a ban of all cage systems for laying hens in the Netherlands. This is because despite that starting 2021 the enriched cages will be banned, the...

A new campaign from GAIA for better broiler welfare

Given the serious suffering caused by industrial farming, GAIA launches a campaign urging supermarket chains and consumers not to sell, respectively purchase, meat coming from broiler chickens raised under poor welfare conditions and to choose alternatives raised in...

Fast food giants are failing chickens

World Animal Protection (WAP) evaluated nine of the world’s largest chains for their chicken welfare and the results were shocking. The analysis shows that Subway, Domino's UK&EU, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger Kings, Starbucks, Nando's, McDonald's, Domino's North America...

Guidance document in cage-free egg production systems

20 years after the EU adopted a ban on ‘battery cages’ driven by consumer demand and evolving societal expectations, it is high time for the EU, Member States and producers to prepare for a successful transition to cage-free egg production. In order to accompany this...

Corporations are adopting chicken welfare policy

To respond to consumers demand, corporations around Europe and worldwide are adopting welfare policies for the chickens used for food. Recently, among others, the giant Nestlé declared that by 2026 all its food products in Europe that use chicken as an ingredient will...

Enriched cages banned in Austria starting 2020

In Austria, a final end will be put to enriched cages at the end of 2019. However, Austrian operators that keep laying hens also need to meet other criteria in order to enhance the welfare of their animals and ensure sustainability. These include GMO-free feed, the...

Parliament urges Commission to improve broiler welfare

Today the European Parliament almost unanimously adopted a Resolution urging the European Commission to improve the welfare of broiler chickens as a prerequisite to reduce the sector’s dependency on antibiotics, which is increasingly threatening human health. Ninety...

Negative impacts of intensive broiler farming

A new report of AgriBusiness Consulting makes a compelling case for a complete rethinking of the industrial intensive chicken production model that predominates in the EU and that threatens public health, pollutes the environment, and does little to respect animal...

End Factory farming

A new world-wide campaign from World Animal Protection is calling on big corporates to adopt higher welfare standards for broiler chickens.   The 513,000 people who signed the Change for Chickens petition have helped open a positive dialogue with KFC. World Animal...

Campaign Ma Vie de Poulet

GAIA launched to encourage retailers to choosing to source their eggs from alternative systems. In 2018 GAIA launched the new campaign “Ma vie de Poulet and it is taking contact with a growing number of companies to do not sell chicken meat coming from animals raised...

No caged eggs in Danish supermarkets from 2020

By 2020 there will be no longer caged eggs in Danish supermarkets. In September 2018 Dyrenes Beskyttelse launched the Campaign Gør industrikyllinger til frikyllinger pushing for free-range productions for Broiler chickens. Consumers are invited to make a difference by...

Germany welcomes a ban of enriched cages

In Germany Deutsche Tierschutzbund launched the campaign „Kein Ei aus Quälerei“ calling on retailers to stop selling caged eggs in stores.  The campaign was successful and starting 2025 it will be forbidden by law to sell caged...

29 Swedish companies committ to cage-free policy

Djurens Rätt  have been in contact with 79 companies in the food industry in Sweden to make them commit to a cage-free policy. So far already 29 companies have commitments and the number is growing. In 10 years the proportion of cage hens dropped drastically. The new...

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