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‘It’s Chaos’: Harry Potter Star Evanna Lynch Goes Undercover In Chicken Factory Farm

'So many bodies are squashed together in one space, with no crates, no boxes, no shelter, no chance of a momentary reprieve from the utter havoc'


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Acclaimed actor and vegan advocate Evanna Lynch has gone undercover in a factory farm for chickens.

The Harry Potter star visited a standard farm in the UK alongside Matthew Glover – Founder of Veganuary and VFC

Evanna Lynch: ‘It’s overwhelming’

Lynch penned a blog post about the experience, which she described as ‘overwhelming’ and ‘chaotic’.

“We stop and pause once through the door to look out at 25,000 chickens crammed together under one roof,” she writes.

“You have to: it’s overwhelming. It’s chaos. So many bodies squashed together in one space, with no crates, no boxes, no shelter, no chance of a momentary reprieve from the utter havoc of thousands and thousands of scared, squawking chickens trampling all over one another. 

“It’s impossible to fathom that each of these white feathered bodies are individuals. But, look closer and you will see that they are. 

“By my foot, one little chicken is pecking around my shoe eagerly, apparently oblivious to the danger my kind pose. 

“Another is attempting to preen his wing feathers even as his underside is soiled in feces, maybe the saddest display of optimism I’ve seen all year.”

“She is hours from death, moments maybe.”

Evanna Lynch, Actor

During the investigation, Lynch witnesses a chicken on her back, with missing feathers and red raw skin. 

“She is hours from death, moments maybe,” the celeb writes.

“Matthew invites me to approach her and help her to her feet but I’m scared of her oozing wounds, her expression of abject suffering. 

“So, I hang back and watch as he carefully turns her onto her front and tries to help her to her feet, but she has no desire to get up again.”

Chicken Factory farm

Lynch and Glover visited a standard farm in the UK. Its living conditions mirror how 95 percent of chicken raised for slaughter in the UK – and 98 percent in the US.

“Nobody is heeding their cries of distress as an alarm bell signaling the dangers to come
if we continue to allow these places to keep existing,” Lynch concludes.

“Dangers like H5N1 bird flu that evolved on factory farms and has a 60 percent death rate.

“The fact that industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases in humans in the past decade.

“Dangers like deforestation because we import 3.3 million tonnes of soya every year and funnel 60 percent of it into the poultry industry…”

‘It’s overwhelming. It’s chaos”


Last year, Glover partnered with restaurateur Adams Lyons to create VFC.

The company created plant-based fried chicken using wheat protein. Its products are said to look, taste, and ‘pull apart’ like chicken – and are soya- and nut-free.

VFC has witnessed ‘phenomenal’ demand for its meat-free chicken and has already debuted in Spain after sealing its first-ever international deal with Vegan Nutrition.

Moreover, it aims to put broiler farms out of business and has incorporated a ‘rich seam of activism running through’ its branding.

In a statement sent to PBN, Glover said: “I’m a businessman turned activist. VFC is very much a marriage of the two. 

“There are many ways to dismantle unjust systems. We intend VFC to be part of the movement that puts an end to factory farming for good.”

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Daved Forkel
Daved Forkel
1 year ago

Quote by David Wachsman: “I find no difference between meat-eaters and cannibals just the degree that’s all; flesh is flesh whether it comes from a animal or human.”

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1 year ago
Reply to  Daved Forkel

Wachsman evidently got that quote from Jeffery Dahmer. Not a good look.

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1 year ago

This is one of the longest commercials I’ve read in a while. Perhaps VFC will release a graphic novel for the Super Bowl next year.

1 year ago

So what? Celebrity opinions matter not. ????

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  RRoocckkyy50

Have you watched the video?

Michelle René Setaro
Michelle René Setaro
1 year ago

End Speciesism. Animals don’t deserve to die for human use of any kind. Animal Ag is animal abuse, torture, and murder of the innocent. Quit breeding animals to exploit and kill. #liferights. Get ACTIVE for animal rights and at the least stop paying for this holocaust and stop eating their bodies and secrecretions. You can’t humanely exploit and kill someone that doesn’t want to die. STOP SUPPORTING ANIMAL AG.

1 year ago

This young woman speaks so well…..we live in a broken system. Perhaps when the next pandemic comes, probably through a shed full of genetically identical creatures like this…….we might at last understand whaat we are doing. Defra stats: UK’s slaughter figures for JUST the 28 DAYS of February 2021
All the animals to be turned into a flesh food: bred, fattened, trucked and slaughtered in the best of taste and oh so ‘humanely’ ……not!
Broilers: (as in Chickens) 85.3 MILLION 85,300,000 that is approx THREE MILLION a DAY
Boiling Fowl: 4.0 MILLION 4,000,000
Turkeys: Half a MILLION 500,000
Defra doesn’t even bother giving the actual number of ducks who are slaughtered but just the tonnage; about 30,000 a year.