The association is calling for the signature by the fast food chain of a European charter on intensive chicken farming.
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Activists from the L214 association gathered in front of several Subway restaurants in France on Saturday February 27 at noon to denounce the conditions of breeding chickens whose meat is cooked by the fast food chain, indicate several locals from the France Bleu network. A dozen activists were notably present in front of the restaurants from Anglet (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Caen (Calvados), Poitiers (Vienne) or Limoges (Haute-Vienne). Gatherings had already taken place Friday in Quimper in particular and in front of the Parisian headquarters of Subway.
“We are here to encourage Subway to sign the European Chicken Commitment. It is a series of commitments to eradicate the worst practices of raising and slaughtering chickens.”, explains to France Bleu Camille Larange, campaign manager at L214 in the Basque Country. This European charter on intensive chicken farming has been signed by several brands such as Dominos Pizzas, la Mie Câline, Paul bakeries, or even mass distribution, underlines the animal protection association.
“We have been in discussions with Subway for two years and nothing is moving forward.”Camille Larange
at France Bleu Pays Basque
The European Chicken Commitment sets several criteria to improve animal welfare and in particular to put an end to the rapid growth of chickens. “Strains of chickens have been genetically selected for this purpose. Often these animals are not able to support their own weight.”, says L214.
Subway management reacts and defends itself in a press release: “The reality is that the chicken we use in our sandwiches meets all European animal welfare standards. We are constantly revising our animal welfare policy which builds on the strict standards we already demand to the share of our suppliers and producers “, ensures the fast food chain.