The painful truth behind food deliveries

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Around the world, almost 600 businesses have already committed to improving the living and slaughter standards chickens face on the farms in their supply chain.

Whilst some companies in Aotearoa have committed to these standards, most companies are lagging behind global progress.

The chicken industry is deceiving New Zealanders everywhere, hiding the suffering happening each day on home-turf.

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The painful truth

Shockingly, the vast majority of the chickens raised for meat in Aotearoa come from industrial farms that use chickens selectively bred to grow unnaturally fast, reaching a size larger than a natural adult chicken in just six weeks.

Because of their abnormally fast-growth, these birds face many avoidable health problems such as heart disease and lameness.

Due to the unnatural breeding and terrible living conditions, every year around 2,000,000 birds die before they reach slaughter at six weeks  – either on the shed floor, or removed and killed by a worker. This is according to the industry’s own figures.

They are packed into sheds so tightly that, at the end of their life, they are left with roughly the size of an A4 page to exist in. The litter is never changed in their short lives, forcing them to live in their own excrement – ammonia fills the air and with legs that struggle to hold their weight, they often suffer from burns to their skin from the excrement left on the ground.

We stand with you to fight for better.

The Leading Brands

Published in 2022, the Delivering Better ranking report highlighted Domino’s and SwoleFoods as leading brands having already signed the Better Chicken Commitment.
As of July 2023, My Food Bag, HelloFresh and Bird On A Wire have also signed up.

The Ranking Report

Animals Aotearoa has contacted food delivery and meal kit companies and produced a ranking report based on the action each company has taken on the welfare of the chickens in their supply chain.

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Take action

Demand food brands deliver better!

We’ve lined up food delivery brands that claim to care about animal welfare, but continue to use chickens bred to suffer.

Join us to call on these food brands to deliver better for chickens!


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