Animal Equality, along with Spanish online newspaper Público, has released an investigation into a factory farm in Spain that documents the cruelty of the environment and rapid growth that chickens suffer.
Animal Equality’s team in Spain visited the same farm during different life stages of the farm’s chickens, accompanied on the last day by Ana Pardo de Vera, Chief Editor at Público. During their final visit, the chickens were in the last days of growth before being sent to the slaughterhouse and they were able to record the effects of intensive industrial farming:
Many of these animals could not stand because of the enormous size they have reached in only 30 days. Those that collapse cannot reach the feeders and end up dying of starvation.
Most of the chickens had burnt stomachs because of the ammonia that comes out of the ground where their own feces accumulate and is never cleaned up.
The animals live crowded together with almost no room to move around, and the air is unbreathable because of the high concentration of ammonia.
Deplorable hygienic conditions have the chickens living alongside dead ones, with drinking troughs that were completely moldy.