PROTESTS have been held outside supermarkets after chickens allegedly died in scorching hot warehouses.
The Humane League group fought outside Co-Op and Morrisons on St James’s Street on Saturday over claims chickens died in the 45C heat, although Morrisons denies using the supplier’s division at the center of the protests.
Co-op and Morrisons are listed as customers of 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd on the supplier’s website.
The Independent reported that the group’s Hook 2 Sisters Ltd division has been hit by the “industry-wide” problem of heat-related chicken deaths in recent months.
The outlet reported that millions of chickens kept in warehouses during the recent heatwaves died from heat exhaustion.
Cordelia Britton, Program Manager at The Humane League UK said: “This summer has been hell for chickens. As humans provided shade and air conditioning, millions of chickens were slowly being roasted to death in their coops.
“Morrisons must take this golden opportunity and help chickens by signing the Better Chicken Commitment or becoming known as a beacon of animal cruelty. You can no longer claim ignorance.”
The Better Chicken Commitment (BCC) is a set of rules aimed at ensuring the welfare of poultry under storage conditions.
It hopes to see the plan through to 2026 and has been signed by big names like Nestle and KFC.
Protest leader Katherine Rawlings said: “Morrisons and Co-op are supermarkets that present themselves with an animal-friendly image.
“These birds are unhealthy, they’re scared and they’re suffering – will the Co-op and Morrisons show integrity and sign the BCC or continue to sell cruelty-free products to their customers?”
At Saturday’s protests, activists carried placards reading “Supermarkets sell suffering” and “Beware: This company serves chicken cruelty”.
Chicken industry workers told The Independent “millions” of birds were dying.
In a written statement to the outlet, Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, said: “Unfortunately, extreme temperatures have resulted in very high mortality events in some poultry flocks.
“The industry has been working closely with Defra and other government agencies to support farmers during this devastating time and to figure out how to clear farms quickly and dispose of birds safely.”
Morrisons told The Argus it’s not from Hook 2 Sisters in England.
“Poultry from their farms is not part of our supply chain,” a spokeswoman said.
Argus asked if 2 Sisters Food Group products were in their stores but received no response.
Co-op did not respond to a request for comment.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20683832.protests-brighton-shops-warehouse-chicken-deaths/?ref=rss Protests in Brighton shops following the death of chickens in warehouses