Millions of chickens are subject to “live shackling” which the RSPCA says is open to errors
Millions of chickens are subject to “live shackling” which the RSPCA says is open to errors 
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Organic chickens are routinely strung upside down and dragged through electric water baths in a method of stunning that has been questioned by the RSPCA.

 

Despite organic stamps on meat packets supposely showing that animals have been reared to the “highest standards”, millions of chickens including organic ones are subjected to the “live shackling” process before they are killed. The RSPCA has warned that live shackling is prone to mistakes as shocks sometimes failed to knock the birds unconscious and the Food Standards Agency said that live shackle lines were the least humane way of stunning poultry. Most organic birds are gassed before their throats are slit.

The charity said there was scope for birds to miss the automatic throat cutters, which means they can…