Public health is being jeopardized by unsound slaughter regulations which allow the consumption of nearly 4 million unhealthy chickens a year, activists from animal conservation and environmental groups said yesterday.
\nThe activists told a press conference in Taipei that the 170 million domestic chickens consumed each year in this country are slaughtered in traditional markets under unhygienic conditions.
\nThey said only 5 percent of the poultry are electrically slaughtered under conditions that meet the Chinese Agricultural Standards (CAS), a system that ensures the safety of agricultural products.
\nIn the US, the activists said, about 2.3 percent of inferior slaughtered poultry meat would be thrown out.
\n"It implies that each year 3.91 million unhealthy chickens, which deserve to be thrown away, are eaten by consumers," said Chen Yu-min (
PHOTO: THE ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMAL SOCIETY OF TAIWAN (EAST)
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