Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pammy's in the house, upsetting the sponsors

The letter and accompanying video - addressed to Albert Baladi, the managing director of KFC's Australian parent company - claims the fast food chain's suppliers scald chickens to death in defeathering tanks.

Probably totally unaware of the treatment of animals in Australia.

"When I enter the Big Brother house I won't have my legs broken or be scalded to death in a tank of hot water. It's cruel."

Didn't she freak out when she found out what Ugg boots were made of? And then throw them away?

Like I said in the labels....

Update: Here you go, do a bit of research, Pammy. Specifically,

Bird Welfare

The conditions under which broilers are housed and the way that they are managed during their growing phase, transportation and slaughter are set down in several government/industry endorsed Codes of Practice designed to safeguard their welfare.

The industry has developed a model welfare audit program, which covers hatchery, breeder rearing, breeder laying, grower, and the pick-up, transport and processing sectors. Several companies have incorporated elements of this welfare audit in their own quality plans. All companies incorporate elements of good practice for bird welfare in their grower manuals.

High standards of bird welfare and high levels of flock performance and economic performance are not incompatible – quite the contrary, they go hand in hand. It simply makes good economic sense as well as being in the bird’s best interests to ensure that flocks are maintained in an environment in which they are thermally comfortable, protected from injury, fed optimally and kept healthy. As an example, given that feed represents in excess of 60% of the cost of producing a live meat chicken, and most feed is consumed in the latter stages of the bird’s growth when the bird is bigger and consuming more each day, it simply doesn’t make good economic sense (nor is it considered by the industry as acceptable on welfare grounds) to have grown the bird out to such an advanced stage and incurred all these costs to then allow it to die of some disease, or to be injured on route to the processing plant so that it cannot be used for saleable product.

Therefore, all measures described elsewhere to ensure that chickens are kept in conditions which optimise their comfort (in terms of temperature, humidity, air flow and air quality), in which they are provided with water, shelter, and a high quality diet that exactly matches their physiological needs, and which optimise their health have just as important effect in terms of bird welfare as they do on the overall efficiency of the farming operation.

When producing chicken meat in a welfare-friendly manner it is also important that the birds receive prompt and appropriate medication and treatment to prevent and treat diseases if this should become necessary, and that they do not suffer any unnecessary pain, distress, fear or physical injury. It is also important that sick or injured birds that can not be adequately or successfully treated are culled quickly and in a humane manner so that they do not suffer. While the chickens are reared specifically for human consumption and they therefore at some stage have to be slaughtered, the industry is mindful that they should be slaughtered in a humane manner, and all birds are stunned (rendered insensible to pain) prior to slaughter.

Industry has three strong motives for looking after the birds in their care in a welfare-friendly manner:
• Out of respect for the birds themselves, so they do not suffer.
• So that they grow as well and efficiently as possible and they are not damaged in the process.
• In recognition of and respect or community attitudes and expectations with respect to the humane treatment of livestock farmed specifically for their consumption.

There are links on the site to the Domestic Poultry Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals and Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals on Land Transport of Poultry.

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