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East of England MEP demands better welfare standards for farmed chickens

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 26 October 2018

East of England MEP John Flack, pictured at the Conservative party conference.

East of England MEP John Flack, pictured at the Conservative party conference.

John Flack

An East of England MEP is sponsoring an initiative to improve the lives of chickens reared for meat.

John Flack has joined a cross-party alliance proposing a raft of measures to deliver better welfare standards in the farming of broiler fowl, bred and reared for meat.

The motion which he has signed calls for lower stocking densities and better husbandry, along with reduced use of antibiotics allied to better standards of care, and clearer labelling of the origin for chicken meat so imported food, potentially raised with lower welfare conditions, can be clearly identified.

“Amid all the concern about battery hens on egg farms, the danger is that the welfare of broiler chickens is overlooked,” said Mr Flack.

“Too often they are crammed into tight living spaces without the proper care and hygiene they deserve.

“They need better standards – but sadly even the existing rules are routinely flouted in a third of EU countries.

“We hope that by getting the whole parliament to adopt this resolution we can show the EU Commission and national governments the urgent need for reform.

“In turn, that should mean less need for antibiotics – so good for chickens and good for humans too.”

Mr Flack is an animal welfare campaigner and recently published a book entitled Animals Can’t Vote – But You Can, which urges the public to use their spending and voting power to insist on better standards.

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