Earlier this week, actress and animal activist Evanna Lynch went undercover at a chicken factory farm with Veganuary and VFC founder Matthew Glover.
The podcaster was horrified at the conditions she saw, which is, unfortunately, representative of 95% of chickens raised for slaughter in the UK endure.
Lynch witnessed chickens with skin red raw, unable to stand and gasping for breath. As Glover explained to her before entering the chicken shed, these are not isolated farms, it is “the whole system that’s problematical.”
Writing in a blog post for Veganuary, Lynch recounted her experience:
“We stop and pause once through the door to look out at 25,000 chickens crammed together under one roof. You have to; it’s overwhelming. It’s chaos.
“So many bodies squashed together in the one space, with no crates, no boxes, no shelter, no chance of a momentary reprieve from the utter havoc of thousands and thousands of scared, squawking chickens trampling all over one another.”
“She gave up on life”
One chicken, in particular, stood out to her:
“I jump a mile when I see a chicken on her back, her skin red raw and featherless from the ammonia she’s been sitting in for weeks, her breath coming in ragged gasps. She is hours from death, moments maybe.
“Matthew invites me to approach her and help her to her feet but I’m scared of her oozing wounds, her expression of abject suffering, so I hang back and watch as he carefully turns her onto her front and tries to help her to her feet, but she has no desire to get up again.
“She gave up on life when she collapsed backwards into the ammonia-soaked dust at her feet, and why shouldn’t she?”