This is a witness account.
This first photo is the face of someone who wanted to live but was instead exploited. For taste. Roughly 40,000 chickens were seen by Hertfordshire Chicken save yesterday morning in the space of just 4 hours.
Every single chicken was suffering, I did not come across one that looked peaceful or ready to have their throat slit so they could be packaged up as meat for human consumption. Their feathers were missing, their skin was so red raw it looked like they were all bleeding, some of course were. Covered in their own faeces and watching it dribbling from the tray above, the stench was memorable.
The ammonia burns were from the inside out. One was actually crying out in pain.
I've seen the deformities in footage but this was my first chicken vigil so it was the first time I'd seen the swollen feet and artificially over grown bodies with my own eyes. It was so shocking. These birds are just 40 days old and yet look like they've been around for a lot longer. None of them looked healthy.
This was a halal slaughterhouse. They would have been stunned (not dead) and had their throat slit with a knife by hand. Standard legal practise. Humane? No.
If you buy and eat chicken whether it be organic, free range or expensive, this is what you are paying for. There is no such thing as humane meat.
Chicken growth hormones are not healthy, so that "chicken for protein" isn't necessary. A plant based diet offers an extensive amount of protein sources. Plants do not feel pain, they do not have a central nervous system. So absorbing protein from a vegan diet will avoid the suffering of any other sentient being.
Oppression, violence, fear, pain, sadness, illness and so much more suffering we couldn't ever imagine is all you pay for when using animals for food, clothing or entertainment.
Please don't ignore the truth anymore. If you intend to eat chicken again, please remember this face, this post and understand what you're contributing to. Animal cruelty.
RIP beautiful souls, so many of you had already given up hope, nestled into one another or just bowing your head in surrender.
Thank you for allowing us to capture your pain. 🖤