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Tesco suspends sales of chicken from an 'ethical' farm after an undercover probe by animal rights activists revealed shocking abuse of the birds Brome Grange Farm and Trees Farm in Suffolk carried out the mistreatment The Animal Justice Project captured the shocking abuse on film  Both farms are signed up to schemes guaranteeing high welfare standards 

By Sean Poulter Consumer Affairs Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:06 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 00:06 BST, 1 July 2019

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Tesco has suspended sales of chicken from an 'ethical' farm after an undercover investigation revealed shocking abuse of the birds.

The mistreatment at Brome Grange Farm, near Eye, in Suffolk, was captured on film by the Animal Justice Project.

The welfare group also found abuse was taking place at neighbouring Trees Farm.

Tesco has suspended sales of chicken from an 'ethical' farm after an undercover investigation revealed shocking abuse of the birds

Tesco has suspended sales of chicken from an 'ethical' farm after an undercover investigation revealed shocking abuse of the birds

The Animal Justice Project captured the abuse on film which shows a worker manhandling a bird

The Animal Justice Project captured the abuse on film which shows a worker manhandling a bird

Both farms, run by Free Range Chicken Ltd, are signed up to the Red Tractor accreditation scheme. Trees Farm also belongs to the RSPCA Assured accreditation scheme.

The schemes are supposed to guarantee high welfare standards and their logos on food products are seen as an important guarantee for shoppers.

The film footage revealed lame and dying birds left to suffer for days. Baby chicks were kicked, thrown and killed, without being checked for vital signs.

One chick was left for more than eight hours to die. Another bird was left for a week with a deformed and twisted neck. Food and water was also contaminated with the birds' sodden bedding.

The film footage revealed lame and dying birds left to suffer for days even though the farms are signed up to schemes which are supposed to guarantee high welfare standards

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