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Over 61 million chickens were rejected because of diseases and defects at slaughterhouses in England and Wales over a three-year period, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Guardian.

New data shows that between July 2016 and June 2019, 61,008,212 defects in chickens were identified by inspection staff. Defects or diseases resulted in either part of a bird or a whole bird being condemned and rejected for human consumption. Broilers chickens were the worst affected with almost 59 million defects recorded.

“These figures shine a light on the very poor conditions that are the norm in Britain’s poultry sector. Most broilers, turkeys and ducks are farmed in crowded, stressful conditions that make them vulnerable to disease,” said Peter Stevenson, chief policy advisor, Compassion in World Farming.

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Globally, over 60 billion broiler chickens are slaughtered annually. Broilers are fast-growing breeds that reach slaughter weight four times faster than they did in the 1950s.

Since the 1950s, broilers have been selectively bred to become plumper faster which has led to severe welfare problems such as chronic leg disorders and heart and circulatory problems.

Last month, a new report revealed that thousands of birds in the UK were also dying or being culled on-farm due to disease or injury with an average on-farm mortality rate of around 4%.

These new findings also come as the USDA considers plans to allow slaughterhouses to kill and sell chickens infected with Avian Leukosis, a virus that causes cancerous lesions and tumors. Under these new rules, processors could handle Avian Leukosis as a “trimmable condition,” simply cutting off tumors and lesions and processing the rest of the bird.

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