STUDENTS are being called upon to support a campaign to help more than a billion chickens.
There are around a billion meat chickens in the UK and most of these live in ‘unacceptable’ conditions, according to the RSPCA.
Now the charity is asking students to put pressure on their local supermarkets to ensure the meat on their shelves has been farmed to higher welfare standards.
The RSPCA will be attending the Freshers Fair at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday September 19 and ask them to support this higher welfare campaign as well as handing out some fun chicken themed goodies.
Kate Parkes, chicken welfare specialist at the RSPCA said: ‘There has been little progress made in improving the welfare of the majority of chickens bred for their meat. The scale of suffering within the meat chicken industry is substantial, including the use of fast-growing breeds, which can contribute to these birds suffering.’