NANDO’S has been accused of using chickens from cramped farms where the animals are paralysed by deformed bones and organ deformities.
Distressing undercover footage at three farms allegedly supplying the high street restaurant chain loved by Brits shows thousands of chickens in cramped conditions.
The videos show chickens unable to stand, allegedly due to bone deformities, and workers throwing them into buckets with dead birds.
Animal welfare charity World Animal Protection, which released the clips, claims the farms in Herefordshire and Shropshire supply Nando’s.
Its investigators witnessed workers swinging birds by their necks to kill them – allegedly as they were judged too sick.
World Animal Protection said some of the fowl were suffering from multiple health problems while living in cramped, overcrowded pens.
Footage shows birds with their legs splayed beneath their bodies, which is a typical sign of skeletal and joint disorders called dyschondroplasia, which affects the growth of bone and cartilage.
Other hens are apparently paralysed due to their severely damaged backbones pinching their spinal cords.
As well as paralysed chickens, the harrowing video shows chicks being thrown into buckets after being killed because they’re sick, or growing too slowly.
The footage also shows fledgling chickens squirming for freedom as they’re put into bins and buckets to be killed.
Workers from the farm can be heard on camera saying the farms supply chickens to Nando’s.
The chain has pledged to investigate the allegations.
A Nando’s spokesperson told The Sun Online: “We take animal welfare very seriously, knowing it’s as important to our customers as it is to us.
“We are extremely shocked by this footage and have started a full investigation with the supplier to find out what happened and to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Referring to 10,000 birds which have reportedly left the farm, one worker says: “They are likely to go to Nando’s.
“Nando’s usually take this size chicken.
We are extremely shocked by this footage and have started a full investigation with the supplier to find out what happened and to ensure it doesn’t happen again
A Nando's Spokesperson
“Don’t know if you’ve been there [Nando’s] before, but they have like whole chicken and sort of smaller, so they’ll take these ones.”
At another farm with similar horrible conditions, when a worker was asked if the small chickens were going to Nando’s he responded: “Yes.”
He continues: “It’s a thing because obviously Nando’s like the smaller chickens so pretty much all of them will go to Nando’s.”
The chicken restaurant chain is part of the Red Tractor scheme, which is supposed to guarantee the food standards of British suppliers.
However, based on the footage, World Animal Protection has concluded that the conditions of the farms are in breach of UK legislation and Red Tractor standards.
In response, the organisation has launched a petition, calling for Nando’s to improve welfare on farms supplying to their restaurants.
Ian Woodhurst, UK farming campaigns manager at World Animal Protection, said: “This distressing footage showcases the harrowing conditions that fast-growing chickens endure on farms which supply Nando’s restaurants.
“This is hard to watch and our research shows that Nando’s customers expect better from the chain.
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“Although extremely uncomfortable to watch, we hope this investigation will galvanise Nando’s customers into signing #TheRealCheekyNandos petition, calling on Nando’s to stop using fast-growing chickens from these types of farms.
“If not, Nando’s chickens will continue to suffer from catastrophic health issues and live their short lives in unnecessary pain.”
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