Tesco suspends sales of chicken from an 'ethical' farm after undercover probe reveals shocking abuse

Mail Online | 6/30/2019 | Sean Poulter Consumer Affairs Editor For The Daily Mail
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Tesco has suspended sales of chicken from an 'ethical' farm after an undercover investigation revealed shocking abuse of the birds.

The mistreatment at Brome Grange Farm, near Eye, in Suffolk, was captured on film by the Animal Justice Project.

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The welfare group also found abuse was taking place at neighbouring Trees Farm.

Both farms, run by Free Range Chicken Ltd, are signed up to the Red Tractor accreditation scheme. Trees Farm also belongs to the RSPCA Assured accreditation scheme.

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The schemes are supposed to guarantee high welfare standards and their logos on food products are seen as an important guarantee for shoppers.

The film footage revealed lame and dying birds left to suffer for days. Baby chicks were kicked, thrown and killed, without being checked for vital signs.

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One chick was left for more than eight hours to die. Another bird was left for a week with a deformed and twisted neck. Food and water was also contaminated with the birds' sodden bedding.

Workers are seen breaking birds' necks and throwing them convulsing on to the ground to die without checking if they were dead.

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Professor Andrew Knight, of the centre for animal welfare at the University of Winchester, said the rough treatment of chicks and older birds risked...
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