Chicken & Poultry
Buy free-range or organic
Cheap chickens and turkeys are bred to grow so fast their bones, heart and lungs often can’t keep up, causing crippling lameness or heart failure. They don’t get to go outside and big chicken farms cram up to 50,000 birds into one shed.
Ducks which aren’t free-range or RSCPA Freedom Food are unlikely to have been given any water (other than drinking water) to dip their heads into. This is essential for duck welfare.
If you can’t afford free-range look for the RSPCA Freedom Food standard which gives birds a better quality of life than the Red Tractor farm-assured scheme.
Download a short guide to UK supermarket policies on chicken and chicken meat ( 104KB).
Remember – when you’re eating out ask if the chicken on your plate or in your sandwich is free-range.
Find out more about meat chickens here.