Shocking undercover recordings show thousands of chickens living in tight conditions on farms that supply Nando & # 39; s claims a charity organization for animal welfare.
The video was recorded by the World Animal Protection charity on three farms that reportedly supply the popular high street restaurant chain.
Images show chickens that cannot stand fluttering on dirty floors, thousands of birds in tight barns and dead birds are thrown away with an excavator.
Undercover recordings made on three farms reportedly delivering to Nando & # 39; s show chickens that can't stand fluttering on dirty floors, thousands of birds in tight barns and dead birds are thrown away with an excavator
Many of the birds appear to have poorly shaped feathers and World Animal Protection claimed in their video that the & # 39; fast growing & # 39; birds struggled to cope with growing so large, so fast & # 39 ;.
The charity claimed that the farms in question, in Hertfordshire and Shropshire, supply Nandos.
They also said that birds seen with their legs spread under their bodies were a result of skeletal and joint disorders called dyschondroplasia, which affects the growth of bone and cartilage.
The video also shows chicks that after killing are thrown into buckets because they are sick or do not grow fast enough.
The video also shows chicks that after killing are thrown into buckets because they are sick or do not grow fast enough
Farm workers can be heard in a separate video stating that the farms deliver Nando & # 39; s.
Regarding thousands of birds that have recently left the farm, it is said, & # 39; they are likely to go to Nando & # 39; s.
& # 39; Nando usually takes this chicken size.
& # 39; I don't know if you've been there before [Nando & # 39; s], but they have whole chickens and a bit smaller ones, so they take these. & # 39;
On another farm, an employee was asked if the little chickens went to Nando & # 39; s and he answered: & # 39; Yes. & # 39;
He went on to say: & # 39; It's one thing, because Nando is clearly just like the smaller chickens, just about all going to Nando. & # 39;
World Animal Protection also claimed that their investigators witnessed workers flinging birds around their necks to kill them and saying that many suffered multiple health problems because of their tight and overflowing pens.
One struggling bird is seen in a bucket that contains two other chickens that appear to be dead
The restaurant chain is part of the Red Tractor program, which had to guarantee high standards.
World Animal Protection has set up a petition calling on the company to & # 39; improve their chicken welfare & # 39 ;.
They said: & # 39; Nando's is loved for its tasty PERi-PERi and cheeky banter. But in reality it sells you chickens that grew so fast that they suffered terrible health problems during their short, miserable lives.
Many chickens from Nando live with painfully deformed legs and hearts and lungs that have difficulty growing too large and too fast.
& # 39; This often means that they cannot walk and die prematurely.
& # 39; Chickens are also kept in tight conditions with little room for maneuver, so they cannot behave naturally. & # 39;
In the clip, filmed by the World Animal Protection charity, dead birds are thrown into bins by an excavator
A charity spokesperson told Mail Online: “These disturbing images show the dire circumstances that fast-growing chickens endure on farms supplying Nando's restaurants.
& # 39; This is difficult to look at and our research shows that Nando's customers expect better from the chain.
& # 39; We asked to meet Nando to discuss the images, but they refused, so we now find it important that Nando's customers see the truth about the chickens it uses.
Nando & # 39; s is very popular in the UK and has around 350 stores in towns and cities across the country
& # 39; Although it is extremely uncomfortable to look at, we hope that this research will lead Nando customers to sign the # TheRealCheekyNandos petition calling on Nando to stop using fast-growing chickens from this type of farms.
& # 39; If not, Nando's chickens will continue to suffer from catastrophic health problems and lead their short lives in unnecessary pain. & # 39;
A spokesperson for Nando said: & We take animal welfare very seriously, knowing that it is just as important for our customers as it is for us.
& # 39; We are extremely shocked by this visual material and have started a full investigation at the supplier to find out what happened and to ensure that this no longer happens. & # 39;
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