‘Stop Ukrainian chickens’ ill-treatment, vote No in referendum’


This video is by the scientific bureau of the Party for the Animals in the Netherlands.

Besides the party’s arguments for voting No in the 6 April referendum about the trade deal between the European Union and Ukraine, the bureau has also its own arguments for voting NO on this web page; and in this video.

The video says about itself (translated):

March 25 2016

The association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine will make it easier for mega broiler chicken factory farming corporations like Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) to dump in the Netherlands very cheap broiler chicken meat and cage eggs.

Dutch farmers will suffer: they must comply with strict rules and cannot compete with Ukrainian mega-corporations, which are financed by Dutch banks Rabobank and ING. The chances are small that the association agreement will improve animal welfare in Ukraine: the Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture, Pavlenko, has stated that animal welfare is not a priority for him. Only a no vote on April 6 could do something against the massive exploitation of chickens in Ukraine! Vote NO on April 6!

Ukraine export of dodgy chicken, 18 July 2019: here.

Britain: Government planning to repeal animal welfare codes. Poultry industry to oversee chicken-farming standards as ministers move to create industry-led deregulation: here.

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  10. A quarter of a million people work on the processing line in American poultry plants. As they process the chicken we eat, they face dangerous conditions and poverty-level wages on a daily basis.

    These problems are industry-wide, but the four biggest poultry companies, Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms, control nearly 60% of the chicken market. As industry leaders, they have the power to make changes to quickly improve conditions for their workers. But they won’t, unless they hear a loud and clear message from people like you.

    Please join Oxfam to demand respect for poultry workers’ rights.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

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    Oxfam America

    Every day, hundreds of thousands of poultry workers in the United States face dangerous conditions and poverty-level wages.

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    This is the daily reality for hundreds of thousands of poultry workers in the United States. They process the chicken that lands on plates in our homes, schools, and restaurants. And instead of sharing in the bounty of the thriving poultry industry, they suffer debilitating injuries, earn poverty-level wages, and experience a climate of fear which prevents them from speaking out.

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    These problems are industry-wide, but four poultry companies control nearly 60% of the chicken market: Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms. As industry leaders, they have the power to make changes to quickly improve conditions for their workers. And these companies are so big that if they make changes, other poultry companies may follow.

    Why have these despicable working conditions persisted? It’s hard to find workers who are willing to stand on the line in the cold, day after day; turnover is high, injuries are rampant. To fill these jobs, poultry companies tap economically desperate populations: Most poultry workers are people of color, immigrants, or refugees – and many have few choices for employment. Workers risk harassment and losing their jobs, and fear deportation if they speak up.

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    Ray Offenheiser
    President
    Oxfam America

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