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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Animal abuse activists with the group Mercy For Animals said they will use a giant chicken to spread their message at an Asheville supermarket on Wednesday, according to WHNS.

Activists said they will have “Abby the Abused Chicken” on display at the Harris Teeter on Merrimon Avenue from noon to 1 p.m.

“Abby” is a seven-foot-tall chicken with a bloody broken wing, slit throat, and open wounds that activists said was sculpted in a Hollywood special effects studio.

The group is calling on Tyson Foods to “adopt meaningful animal welfare requirements,” according to a news release.

The protestors will also carry signs with imagery depicting chickens in industrial farms.

The group alleges that chickens at Tyson farms are raised in unsanitary and unkind environments. Below is a statement from the news release provided by MFA.

“Crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds, Tyson chickens buckle under their own unnatural body weight, and chafe and develop boils and sores from the ammonia-laden flooring. Without adequate veterinary care, the birds’ wounds are left to fester. These unsanitary conditions are not only bad for animals, but also create food safety risks as well.”

“Tyson chickens are literally tortured behind the closed doors of factory farms,” said MFA’s president, Nathan Runkle. “No socially responsible company should be stuffing birds into waste-filled barns where they are unable to engage in any natural behaviors, callously clubbing birds and breaking their bones, and leaving birds to suffer from oozing open wounds and other infections. Tyson has the power, and ethical responsibility, to make meaningful animal welfare changes to improve the lives of birds.”

MFA said more than 130,000 people have signed a petition calling for Tyson to change its poultry practices.