Around 5.9 billion broiler chicks are reared for meat in the EU every year. Most are intensively farmed and kept in windowless, barren and crowded sheds holding tens of thousands of birds for the whole of their brief 6 - 7 week lives. Up to 2005, there have been virtually no specific European laws to protect the welfare of broiler chickens.
This 32 page report uses scientific literature, especially SCAHAW report (2000), to detail the health and welfare issues caused by broiler breeding for fast growth, high stocking densities, lameness, heart disease, catching, transport and slaughter, plus broiler breeders. Focused mainly on EU. Discusses alternatives and reforms needed. Report from 2005.Download: Welfare of broiler chickens in EU | Size (0.59MB)