Labels have become ultra-important to our shopping habits. Unfortunately, we’ve learned that we can’t rely on labels to accurately depict what’s going on with our food. Often, buzzwords, such as “natural” or “no high fructose corn syrup” are placed on the food item as a way to deceive us into thinking we are making a healthier choice. The same apparently can be said when it comes to our meat.
The following images were taken by an animal right’s activist who entered the “free range chicken” premises undercover as a part of a sting operation. You can see the hens confined together, torturously pinned in their feces. The darkness is blinding. What’s even worse is that according to the Daily Mail, this isn’t even against any law or regulation. This, in other words, is actually “free range” conditions.
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‘Many were bald. The ones I examined were covered in mites, some with sores. Several had wounds the others pecked. It was a revolting sight.’
Yet the scene he committed to video was not, as you might assume, on a factory farm.
Astonishingly, the hens he filmed are legally classified as ‘free range’. It is hardly the rural idyll that many consumers of free-range eggs might imagine.
Instead, the footage – filmed at night by a volunteer from Norfolk’s Hillside Animal Sanctuary in January this year – is a disturbing insight into what the poultry industry allows.
The hens are part of a 35,000-strong flock farmed by UKIP MEP and agriculture spokesman, Stuart Agnew in North Norfolk.
Nothing about the conditions under which the hens are kept is against current free-range regulations.
These pictures are not only mortifying, but they are also a travesty regarding how we allow big food to deceive us using misleading terms on labels. Even aside from animal rights, this is the food we eat. Eating confined, immobilized chicken is not healthy. Be warned; the images are graphic and disturbing.
Big food is almost as bad as big pharma regarding acting with immunity.