The Ethics and Politics of Animal Welfare in New Zealand: Broiler Chicken Production as a Case Study

  title={The Ethics and Politics of Animal Welfare 
in New Zealand: Broiler Chicken Production as a Case Study},
  author={Michael Charles Morris},
  journal={Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics},
  • M. C. Morris
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
The cause of poor welfare in broilers is multifactorial, but genotype is a major contributor. Modern broilers have been bred for rapid growth, and this leads to increases in lameness and ascites as the legs and hearts of the heavier birds find it difficult to cope with the extra demands placed on them. Visible lameness indicative of pain is more common in New Zealand than in Europe. The government, however, insists that New Zealand welfare standards are higher than Europe. The government also… Expand
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