Chicken farm, Victoria, Australia

Australian fast-food restaurants are using chickens who are bred to suffer


New report breaks the common misconception that Australia is a global leader in chicken welfare and highlights the unspeakable cruelty they endure on factory farms.

Our ‘Fast Food, Slow Progress’ report found that Australian fast-food restaurants continue to profit from using fast-growing chicken breeds, while the rest of the world commits to using slower-growing breeds.

Molly Tamulevich

Molly Tamulevich, Food Systems Campaign Manager, World Animal Protection ANZ

Factory farming practices used by fast-food companies have led to an animal welfare catastrophe on an unprecedented scale. This includes the use of fast-growing chicken breeds and confining chickens to cramped spaces barely larger than an iPad.

Chickens are being bred to grow so fast that their bodies can’t keep up. These animals pay the price for the greed of fast-food companies which profit from the suffering of millions of chickens.

Switching to slower-growing breeds is the single most impactful change that the industry can make to improve chicken welfare. 

Australian fast-food companies have the power to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of animals by signing onto the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC).


Some of the key findings of the report are as follows:

  • Outside Australia, over 600 commitments have been made to improve chicken welfare
  • Domino’s remains the only fast-food restaurant in Australia to have signed the BCC
  • While KFC in the UK and six other countries across Europe have adopted the BCC, Hungry Jacks, Starbucks, Subway, Nando’s, Pizza Hut, and KFC Australia have so far declined to do so
  • Subway, Pizza Hut, and KFC in Australia have not even taken the first step to improve the welfare of chickens in their Australian supply chain.

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Chickens used by popular Australian fast-food restaurants, from KFC to McDonald’s, are forced to spend the entirety of their lives in cramped, overcrowded conditions.

On top of this, most chickens used for meat production grow at an unnaturally fast rate,  equivalent to a 3 kg newborn human baby reaching 300 kg in less than two months. 

The report serves as a strong call to Australian fast-food restaurants to immediately follow the world's example and improve the lives of the chickens in their supply chain.

If you haven’t done so already, join us in calling on KFC Australia to sign the Better Chicken Commitment now. Together, we can give chickens better lives.

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Chicken as part of intensive factory farming. Credit Animals Liberation

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Fast Food, Slow Progress

Australian fast-food companies are falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to chicken welfare.

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