1000s of chickens die in N West accident

Johanesburg - Thousands of chickens died after a truck transporting them overturned near Rustenburg in the North West, the NSPCA said on Tuesday.

"The truck was carrying approximately 13 600 chickens when the accident occurred on the R52 between Koster and Rustenburg on Monday afternoon," National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) spokesperson Andries Venter said.

"On arrival... inspectors discovered thousands of dead birds at the scene and several thousand severely injured birds."

The driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

The chickens were being transported by logistics company Unitrans who were contracted by Rainbow Chicken to transport the birds to a Rainbow abattoir in Rustenburg, he said.

The chickens that suffered serious injuries were transported to an abattoir and slaughtered.

"Inspectors worked through the night into the early hours of Tuesday morning emergency slaughtering about 3 476 severely injured birds to end their suffering."

The cause of the accident was being investigated.

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Jacques Potgieter 2014-08-05 06:36:49 PM
That is a lot of money lost in eggs and wings
lionelskrieger 2014-08-05 06:39:25 PM
Hope they get a decent funeral
Mr T. 2014-08-05 06:43:02 PM
So much meat Madoda!!!
Mageba 2014-08-05 06:43:54 PM
But then again they were headed to an abattoir anyway...
Molefe Khunoana 2014-08-05 06:47:04 PM
Staying away from rainbow chicken for a few weeks. No one mentioned what's going too happen to the dead chickens
Saffa 2014-08-05 06:48:26 PM
Henderson 2014-08-05 06:52:30 PM
Free meat for the poor
Nathi Zondo 2014-08-05 07:01:31 PM
More zinger wings papa! More zingeelr wings!
Nathi Zondo 2014-08-05 07:01:43 PM
More zinger wings papa! More zingeelr wings!
Dale Edwards 2014-08-05 07:06:20 PM
@ Ruan de Klerk. Rainbow does supply KFC sme of its chicken. Take it from me, I work in the packaging industry. I have been in that plant more than once. It gets packed there with printed packaging for KFC. Other packaging people will jump if what I say is not true :P