Welfare concerns over new footage from UK poultry farm

Footage has emerged which claims to show the horrific conditions endured by 500,000 chickens that lay eggs for the UK’s largest egg producer and supermarkets
calendar icon 19 March 2018
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The Independent published footage last night (18 March) of laying hens at Walston Poultry Farm. The footage was captured by Animal Equality and the report states that the farm has breached animal welfare laws owing to the stocking density within the cages.

The farm supplies eggs to brands such as Big & Fresh, who supplies Tesco and Asda, and Noble Foods who "has launched an internal investigation and audit." The footage shows that in four days the hens were only checked once.

To see both the report by The Independent and the footage from Animal Equality, click here.

Ryan Johnson

Editor at The Poultry Site

Ryan worked in conservation from 2008 to 2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery and helped to maintain public and protected green spaces in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in agriculture across the globe.

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