Perdue Farms to end use of nasal implants for roosters

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SALISBURY, Md. – Perdue Farms recently announced plans to end the practice of inserting plastic nasal implants into the nostrils of roosters.

“We have discontinued ordering the implants and will completely stop the practice by Jan. 1, 2017,” the company explained in a statement. “This will give us time to finish converting the feeders used by the females and to make the changes necessary so that males and females continue to receive the appropriate feed.”

The implants, called “Noz Bonz” prevent the male breeder flocks from eating feed formulated for breeder hens, while allowing the males access to feed specifically formulated for roosters, the company said. Perdue joins Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. in implementing changes to animal care standards. In August, Tyson announced that beak modification had been discontinued. Animal welfare groups have complained that the practices are painful for chickens.

Compassion Over Killing said in a statement that actions taken by Perdue and Tyson “are important steps in the right direction, though more still needs to be done, such as addressing the underlying welfare issue: birds raised for their meat are genetically manipulated to rapidly grow so obese, they often can’t even walk.”

In addition to discontinuing the nasal implants, Perdue said the company also is updating the company’s Perdue Commitments to Animal Care, released in June. Perdue said the update will be available by early 2017 and will include a wide range of breeder flock initiatives and continued advancements in broiler flock care.

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READER COMMENTS (3)

By Boycott 4/21/2017 3:51:30 AM
Your corrupt, its good that ONLY because of your need to cover up your true actionsyou have made 1 drep in the right direction. Dont forget to change the farmers contracts to reflect this new P.C.policy...really stick it to em good , make them take out more loans to pay for the changes!! Because the ONLY people that matter ( to you) only care about money. Your greed at the expense of animal and human wellbeing. .your product is poison for the population, because of your f'd moral compass YOU took what God created and made a living creature into poison. I will NEVER buy your product again. $ doesnt buy imortality...all of you that know the truth and profit from should be held accountable.

By veronica 9/19/2016 1:04:26 PM
Thank goodness. I suggest that Perdue and other large chicken producers develope ancillary lines of their products that are d "Certified Humanley Raised and Slaughtered Chickens."

By Karen Davis 9/19/2016 9:55:18 AM
Very glad the cruel and ignominious "noz bonz" is being discontinued. So now stop breeding chickens and turkeys too heavy and fast growing for their skeletons to support. And invest your resources in chicken-free food products and phase out live birds entirely.