THE CHICKEN WELFARE PROGRESS REPORT
Chickens raised for meat, also known as broiler chickens, make up approximately 95% of the farm animals in our food system—over 9.5 billion are raised and slaughtered each year in the US.
The vast majority of them experience significant welfare issues due to breeding for fast growth, high stocking densities, barren environments that do not allow for the expression of natural behaviors, and stunning systems that require live handling and shackling. The need for meaningful improvements has never been greater.
The good news is that the market is currently undergoing a monumental shift toward meaningful changes that will drastically improve chickens’ lives. To date, over 230 companies across multiple sectors have committed to fully transition to higher welfare systems by 2026. In response to their customers, producers are stepping up to meet the demand for healthier genetics, more space, enriched living conditions, and more.
This is where Compassion in World Farming plays a crucial role. Our progress-tracking tool, ChickenTrack, is designed to help companies navigate this massive market shift. The purpose of ChickenTrack is to:
- Ensure that food businesses can and will stick to their commitments to improve broiler chicken welfare across 100% of their supply chains;
- Provide assistance to food businesses during their transition to a higher welfare chicken supply; and
- Encourage transparency in the marketplace.
This year marks the fourth annual US ChickenTrack report. In this year’s ChickenTrack, it is clear that 2022 was a year of progress for broiler chicken welfare. Forty-one U.S. companies—ranging from suppliers, retailers, restaurants, and meal kits, publicly reported progress toward the Better Chicken Commitment. This year’s report highlights progress for every reporting company, along with key U.S. industry trends, including:
Over the course of the next year, Compassion in World Farming will continue to encourage more companies to roadmap their transition to a higher welfare broiler supply, provide them with critical resources to support that work, and encourage them to report transparently on progress. This year’s ChickenTrack report, as well as a selection of Compassion in World Farming’s technical resources, can be found below.
Resources for food businesses:
- 2021 ChickenTrack Report
- 2020 ChickenTrack Report
- 2019 ChickenTrack Report
- Broiler Welfare Certification Checklist
- Webinar: Better Chicken Commitment Breed Update
- Welfare Outcomes for Broilers
- Assessment of University of Guelph Breed Study Initial Findings
- Guide to Humane Slaughter of Broiler Chickens
- Chicken Welfare Certifications at a Glance
- Overview of the Better Chicken Commitment
- Common Questions About the Better Chicken Commitment
Stay tuned for more updates! Questions? Contact our Food Business team.