Marks & Spencer suspend Norfolk farm chicken supply after footage of “stressed birds struggling to stand” emerges
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Marks and Spencer have said they are currently investigating claims made by an animal rights organisation against Wild Rose Farm in Long Stratton.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) obtained footage from the farm which they claim shows 'stressed birds' which are 'struggling to stand up meaning they may have trouble reaching water'.
The organisation also claims that live birds are 'packed' among dead ones.
The footage and pictures were taken covertly by animal activists and the farm was accessed without permission but PETA claim it was accessed lawfully because the broiler houses were unlocked and entry was not forced.
Footage was also taken at a farm in Cambridgeshire and their supply to the national brand has also been suspended.
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A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer said: 'We are very disappointed to see the images and take this issue very seriously. As an immediate action we have suspended supply from these farms while we investigate this thoroughly.
'We work hard to uphold higher welfare standards which is recognised by leading animal charities. We'll take all necessary steps to ensure these standards are maintained.'
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The EDP tried to contact Wild Rose Farm for a comment but was unsuccessful.