The Good Chicken Award, launched in 2010, celebrates companies that use or are committing to use (within 5 years) higher welfare chicken production systems in their supply chain. To date more than 280 million meat chickens are set to benefit each year from our award winners’ policies.
Worldwide, a total of around 50 billion chickens are slaughtered annually for meat. This includes around 9 billion in the USA, over 5 billion in the EU-27 and around 850 million in the UK. (The UK produces around 1.2 million tonnes of chicken meat annually and 29 kg of chicken meat are consumed per capita per annum). Globally, over 70% of meat chickens (broilers) are raised in industrial farming systems, including the large majority in the UK, Europe and the USA, and a rapidly increasing proportion in developing countries.
Minimum conditions for the protection of meat chickens are set out in the EU Directive (Council Directive 2007/43/EC).