For Immediate Release:

23 October 2019

More Than 8,000 People Agree: NSW Government Should Stand With the Public and Block Abattoir Proposal

Goulburn – Plans have been submitted to the New South Wales government for a large chicken abattoir in Goulburn. If approved, up to 1 million birds per week could be killed and packaged at the horrendous facility. The plans have already caused outrage among locals.

In response, PETA has sent a petition with over 8,000 signatures from local residents and other concerned members of the public urging the state government to reject the plans on the grounds of concerns regarding infrastructure, water use, odour, and animal welfare.

In the petition, PETA points out that, in addition to causing cruelty to animals on an industrial scale, processing birds for slaughter is extremely water-intensive and would increase Goulburn’s daily water use by 40% – the equivalent of around 14 Olympic-sized swimming pools each week.

“Thousands of compassionate people have spoken, and the New South Wales government should heed their concerns for animal welfare, the environment, and the health of the community,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Building an abattoir at a time when Australians are increasingly taking steps towards eating vegan isn’t a smart long-term investment for Goulburn or the state as a whole.”

In today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries, chickens live in filthy sheds, where extreme crowding frequently leads to outbreaks of disease. They’re bred to grow so large so quickly that many develop leg deformities and suffer from heart attacks and organ failure. At the abattoir, their legs are forced into shackles, their throats are slit, and they’re plunged into scalding-hot water – sometimes while they’re still able to feel pain.

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