KFC's Double Down puts spotlight on animal rights
Thu, 12 May 2011 5:00a.m.
3 News has received a number of comments expressing concern not just for the burger’s health benefits, but for how humanely the chickens that become the Double Down are reared and killed.
SAFE director Hans Kriek believes the concerns are valid, and says he doesn’t think the chickens used by KFC New Zealand are raised or killed humanely
Mr Kriek said the chickens KFC buys are from the same companies that produce supermarket chickens - "probably Tegel and Ingham" - and are reared in the same way, saying that in New Zealand the way chickens are farmed is “all standard”.
He says the chickens – which are alive for six weeks before being killed and sold – are kept in hugely overcrowded sheds, with up to 19 birds per square metre
In order to grow the birds to slaughter weight in a short time, Mr Kriek says they are fed antibiotics which promote growth and also keep the birds from dying.
“If you didn’t feed them the antibiotics, they probably wouldn’t live. As a side effect, it makes the birds grow faster and bigger.”
Mr Kriek points to footage taken inside New Zealand chicken factories where “birds are starving to death next to their food trough with their legs bowed… they can’t reach the food troughs because their bodies are so heavy”.
“We have an industry where 3 million animals die every year because of health-related illness. It’s a major problem.”
A KFC spokesperson denied the claims, saying that animal welfare is an issue the fast food company feels strongly about.
"All the chicken we use in New Zealand comes from Inghams and Tegel – two companies committed to following all the right animal welfare codes and guidelines and ensuring the humane treatment of all their birds," KFC said in a statement this afternoon.
"There are lots of negative stories out there about the living conditions of animals raised for food, so we’re proud that International Animal Welfare Practice expert Doctor Temple Grandin has audited both Inghams and Tegel and says their New Zealand operations reach a Gold standard in the treatment of broiler chickens."
Both Inghams and Tegel's websites state that the companies ensure their chickens are as healthy and comfortable as possible.
Inghams had no comment.
3 News has left a message with Tegel but at time of publication have not heard back.
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10/06/2011 12:20:44 p.m.
I agree with Ted. Treat animals with respect! Boycott those companies like Tegal and Inghams and KFC altogether. Keep on campaigning it in their faces! Chicken Farming is cruel and society needs to get the message that it is not acceptable.
2/06/2011 12:49:08 p.m.
I'm a die hard meat eater, if there's a person who loves eating meat i'm the one. As i have become more aware of what meat i eat and how it's being treated, i am seriously considering becoming a vegan.There needs to be more awareness to consumers, about what they're eating, where it comes from etc.If all our meat was treated with respect in how they live and die, the world would be a much better place. I mean how hard would that be, to treat animals with respect.
1/06/2011 6:21:28 p.m.
baker. gods not real so i wont be taking my gripes up with him/her/nothing. although i will do my best to make a difference by living an ethical lifestyle and caring about 'stupid chickens' and other animals that are unfairly treated and abused. you should take a look at yourself and your outlook on animal welfare.
28/05/2011 3:11:30 p.m.
Baker your a loser, wake up to yourself and quit being a selfish human!
26/05/2011 10:23:49 a.m.
There are alot of details about the farming of the chickens of nz that companys dont reveal instead they hide it with nice words. I'm not saying dont eat chicken but they shouldnt have to live the way they do in order to feed u. if the conditions could just be improved id be happy to eat chicken. also I think this has just come to light for kfc again as also their chicken companys in america have the same/worse conditions for their chickens and have failed for years to make a change despite constant attacks from activists you would think they'd get the message by now. I think nz can do better and tegal and inghams need to improve their act
23/05/2011 1:56:10 p.m.
Who cares about stupid chickens, caged or free range they taste the same to me....yum hahaha. Just eat the dam chickens that's what their there for, to be eaten and to lay eggs which are also for eating. If you got a problem with that, take it up with GOD.
17/05/2011 4:10:18 p.m.
isnt it all the same chicken as it was before the double down so why mention the cruelty now
13/05/2011 11:13:08 p.m.
Those that consume are as guilty as those that produce.
I very much doubt whether a chicken worries about becoming extinct, anything is probably better than the living hell they currently endure.
13/05/2011 2:09:17 p.m.
Eating meat is ok, but the animals deserve to be free of cruelty. It's only greedy businessmen and women standing in the way. Cages and overcrowded barns are cruel, and we in NZ can do better.
13/05/2011 2:57:40 a.m.
Why do you human haters love to pick on KFC so much? They get their chicken from the very same places everyone else does, including supermarkets. There is not a "KFC chicken farm" in NZ. McDonald's and Burger King both sold chicken burgers too last time I looked! Oh my, KFC aren't the only ones! If you think the human population is a problem why don't you off yourselves first and leave the rest of us alone.
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