Four in ten broiler farms appear to be committing animal welfare violations, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) reported on Tuesday after a random check. Among other things, it was found that there was too little light and too many chicks in the houses and that the litter was of poor quality.
In the sample, 91 of the total 734 broiler farms were visited by inspectors. 42 percent of the companies were in violation.
The NVWA continues to consider animal welfare a « point of concern ». For example, veterinarians of the NVWA regularly find injuries to the animals. For example, the chicks may have footpad lesions. These are painful inflammations of the legs that arise, for example, if the bedding in the barn is too wet.
Last year, a total of 189 broiler farms were fined or warned after checking by a veterinarian. This is 26 percent of all broiler farms in the country.