AN ANIMAL rights group has called on Blackburn Rovers not to accept a takeover from Indian poultry firm Venky’s.

PETA has written a letter to Rovers chairman John Williams urging the board to reject the £46million bid for the club.

Officials at Venky’s refused to comment on the action statements from PETA.

It is understood that this issue will have little impact on negotiations between Blackburn Rovers and the firm.

The family-run company is expected to complete the takeover in the coming days.

Poorva Joshipura, from PETA India, wrote the letter to Rovers chairman John Williams.

She writes: "After hearing news about the planned sale of Blackburn Rovers Football Club to Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group, I am writing to urge you to reject the deal immediately.

"Venky’s has a record of intensive industrialised farming of chickens and it is something that we believe Rovers fans will be appalled at.

“Investigations of Venkateshwara poultry farms by PETA India have shown chickens raised battery-style for their flesh and eggs."

PETA is notorious for its strong animal rights stances and has organised many high-profile campaigns.

Organisers said they would stop short of protesting at matches if the deal goes ahead but said it would keep an open mind about future action.

Venky's, which specialises in poultry and health products is also embarking on a £70million expansion plan and has recently expanded its business in to Vietnam. Last week it posted record £9million profits.