Chicken farm protest at Fishponds supermarket
PROTESTERS picketed Morrisons' Fishponds branch as they called on the supermarket giant to change the way its own-brand chickens are farmed.
Around a dozen members of pressure group Open Cages dressed in butchers' hats and coats, holding placards and handing leaflets to customers for the one-hour protest on April 30.
They say chickens reared for the Butcher's on Market Street label are reared in factory farms, in cramped and dirty conditions and bred to grow faster than normal, resulting in deformities.
Organiser Wendy Roper said: "From birth to when it is fully grown it lives for 35 days – it's the equivalent of a five-year-old child weighing 21 stone."
A Morrisons spokeswoman said: "We care deeply about animal welfare. All our regular chicken is raised to above Red Tractor standards; we are also the only retailer in Europe to ask our fresh chicken suppliers to require chicken to be born into the barn in which it will be raised by 2025.
"80% of our fresh chicken meets this standard already.
"We also actively monitor for any malpractice in our supply chain; we will never tolerate it or look the other way and if we ever find it, we will act swiftly and decisively."