As one of the UK’s most popular fast food chains, it sells almost 400 pieces of chicken every minute.
But now conditions on the farms that supply KFC with 23million chickens a year can be shown for the first time.
The images show tens of thousands of chickens kept together in huge sheds, alive for just 35 days before they are gassed.
A documentary shows the birds living amid their excrement in conditions activists say are ‘oppressive’ – but the farmer in charge claims it’s ‘a very good life’.
Footage screened on BBC1 focuses on one farm where about 34,000 chickens are penned into a shed with few windows.
When they are large enough the chickens are gassed, chopped into nine pieces and sent to warehouses in large trays where they are then distributed to branches nationwide.
About 1,000 farms in the country supply KFC with 23million chickens a year. The program focuses on a farmer called Andrew who says the chickens at his farm – left to do nothing but eat and drink until they reach the required weight – have a good life, saying he ‘wouldn’t mind being a chicken in here’.
Scenes show the chickens as they walk around in their own excrement while a layer of sawdust has turned murky brown from mopping up waste.
Asked if he thinks this is a problem, Andrew says: ‘No, no, no, that’s not a problem at all, because you see here, this is all sawdust, so the idea is to keep this as dry as possible.’
The supplier, who has 35 years’ experience, says: ‘As you can see, they’ve got beautifully clean feet and that is a good sign that these birds are healthy and they’ve been grown on good litter. You can see this is a good, healthy chicken. I can’t think there’s anything better than being sat in a chicken farm looking at chickens. You can see for yourself, they look absolutely fantastic.’