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Monday, June 11, 2018

Guidance from DPI on animal welfare issues

Good morning. With a group aiming to ban the sale of all meat in Philadelphia attracting news coverage in Delaware this week about how chickens are raised, I want to make sure you have a fuller understanding of all the ways farmers raising chicken care for them.

You can find a lot of carefully researched, reputable information on the lives on chickens on farms at Chicken Check-In, an educational site produced by the National Chicken Council with support from state chicken-community organizations like Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. There, short videos explain how farmers and chicken companies carefully tailor feed to each stage of life, use computer-controlled ventilation systems to keep the birds comfortable, and safeguard chickens from disease.

If you’re reporting the Philadelphia group’s sensational claims about how chickens are raised, I hope you’ll also consider this information, put together by the people who actually care for chickens on their farms day in and day out.

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