Help Chickens: Demand Accountability from AVI Foodsystems

Each year, over 80 billion land animals are killed for food globally, with a staggering 82% being chickens. These birds not only face mass slaughter but also endure some of the most inhumane farming and slaughter practices. Chickens bred for meat are often genetically manipulated to grow unnaturally large at a rapid pace, resulting in severe health issues and immense suffering. Despite a 2017 pledge to eliminate the worst cruelty from its chicken supply chain by 2024, AVI Foodsystems—serving prestigious institutions like Juilliard and Wellesley College—has shown no significant progress or transparency. It’s time to hold AVI Foodsystems accountable and demand immediate action to honor its commitment to animal welfare. Join us in urging the company to fulfill its promise and alleviate the suffering of millions of chickens

Of ​the ⁢more than 80 billion land animals ⁢killed for food‍ each⁤ year worldwide, 82% are chickens. And‍ chickens are ‌not only raised and⁣ slaughtered in‌ alarming numbers—they suffer⁤ some‍ of the cruelest farming and slaughter practices. Most chickens used for meat are selectively bred to grow ⁢unnaturally large abnormally fast to‍ maximize the meat industry’s profits. This results in “Frankenchickens”—birds who grow‌ so⁢ large so quickly ⁣that many⁤ are unable to support their weight, struggle⁤ to reach food and water, and suffer from ⁢an array of health problems, including​ heart⁢ disease. No animal deserves such agony. After enduring⁤ short lives full of pain ⁣and stress, most chickens meet their deaths through cruel live-shackle slaughter at only six to ⁣seven weeks old.

In 2017, AVI Foodsystems,​ which⁤ caters for⁢ Juilliard,​ Wellesley College, Sarah⁤ Lawrence College, ‌and several other ⁤well-known‍ institutions, vowed to ban the worst cruelty from​ its chicken supply chain by 2024. Sadly, despite its fast-approaching‍ end-of-year deadline, the ‍foodservice provider has failed to show progress ​or a plan,​ leaving‌ the ‍public wondering⁢ whether the company has abandoned its commitment to animal welfare. This article calls for‍ accountability and immediate action ​from AVI Foodsystems to ⁤honor its ⁢promise ‍and alleviate⁢ the suffering ⁤of millions of chickens in‌ its supply‌ chain.

Of the more than 80 billion land animals killed for food each year worldwide, 82% are chickens. And chickens are not only raised and slaughtered in alarming numbers—they suffer some of the cruelest farming and slaughter practices.

Bred to Suffer

Most chickens used for meat are selectively bred to grow unnaturally large abnormally fast to maximize the meat industry’s profits. This results in “Frankenchickens”—birds who grow so large so quickly that many are unable to support their weight, struggle to reach food and water, and suffer from an array of health problems, including heart disease.

No animal deserves such agony. After enduring short lives full of pain and stress, most chickens meet their deaths through cruel live-shackle slaughter at only six to seven weeks old.

Help Chickens: Demand Accountability from AVI Foodsystems July 2024
*Typical slaughter facility

AVI Foodsystems Promised to Do Better

In 2017, AVI Foodsystems, which caters for Juilliard, Wellesley College, Sarah Lawrence College, and several other well-known institutions, vowed to ban the worst cruelty from its chicken supply chain by 2024. Sadly, despite its fast-approaching end-of-year deadline, the foodservice provider has failed to show progress or a plan, leaving the public wondering whether the company has abandoned its commitment. AVI Foodsystems is falling behind the many companies demonstrating transparency on this issue, including Parkhurst Dining, Lessing’s Hospitality, and Elior North America.

Help Chickens: Demand Accountability from AVI Foodsystems July 2024Help Chickens: Demand Accountability from AVI Foodsystems July 2024
*Typical factory farm

Transparency Matters

AVI Foodsystems claims to be “committed to food sourcing practices with the utmost integrity and accountability.” But the company’s silence and lack of transparency suggest otherwise. That is why Mercy For Animals and dedicated supporters are calling on the company to share how it plans to fulfill its pledge.

It’s high time that companies like AVI Foodsystems played their part in creating a kinder and more transparent food system.

Take Action

We must put our voices together and show AVI Foodsystems that promising to do better for animals is not enough—it must also follow through.

Fill out the form at AVICruelty.com to urge AVI Foodsystems to publish progress and a plan for meeting its chicken welfare goals.

And don’t forget—the most powerful way to help animals is to leave them off our plates.

Notice: This content was initially published on MercyForAnimals.org and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Humane Foundation.

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