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Learn the Truth About Chicken

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:00am
Learn the Truth About Chicken

The ASPCA is excited to announce the launch of a new farm animal campaign focusing on the plight of chickens raised for meat (often called “broiler” chickens). Roughly 8.5 billion chickens are raised in the U.S. annually, most on squalid factory farms where there is no government oversight of their treatment.

The issue is not just the treatment of chickens, though: it’s that modern chickens are selectively bred to grow so large, so fast, that they struggle to simply move or stand.

Today’s chickens are bred to have such massive and disproportionate bodies that they often collapse and spend most of their lives lying helplessly in their own waste. Many have open wounds, which act as gateways to infections that can be passed on to people. Don't be fooled: Most chickens who wind up on American dinner plates bear no resemblance to the healthy-looking, active birds you may have been led to expect.

The ASPCA is calling on the chicken industry to do better—but to make sure they’re paying attention, we need to show them that people like you care about how chickens are raised, too.

Visit TruthAboutChicken.org to learn more, then add your voice to the chorus of concerned Americans asking the chicken industry to change its inhumane practices.

By insisting on slower-growing chickens and better conditions, we can reduce suffering and raise healthier birds who may be less likely to spread dangerous infections like salmonella. But to get the chicken industry to move in the right direction, they need to see that people like you are paying attention—and counting on the industry to do what’s right for chickens and consumers.

We need you on our side: Please tell the chicken industry it’s time for slower-growing chickens raised in safer, more humane conditions. Speak out today by adding your name to our Truth About Chicken petition.

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Lois K. Smith

Why, in the name of God, would you post under the name of "anonymous bitch"? Are you so afraid to use your own name?

Camilla DiMasi and Marli N. - I agree 100% with you.

Lois K. Smith

Why, in the name of God, would you post under the name of "anonymous bitch"? Are you so afraid to use your own name?

Camilla DiMasi and Marli N. - I agree 100% with you.

Lois K. Smith

Why, in the name of God, would you post under the name of "anonymous bitch"? Are you so afraid to use your own name?

Camilla DiMasi and Marli N. - I agree 100% with you.

Samantha Burke

Keep drinking the Kool-aid lady.

Julie

I agree. Farmers are the salt of the earth. But you do have to also agree that not all farmers support your humane treatment of animals and that is why the ASPCA and other organizations exist to help those animals that are abused. ASPCA began in 1866 and is still around and has produce wonderful and positive changes for animals.
Abuse is abuse whether that living, breathing creature has no legs, two legs or four legs.

Josephine

I agree with you Julie 100%. It's great to have people like us that can advocate and be the voice for the animals and ASPCA are doing a wonderful job as always, and more people if they can should help the organization to join the campaign to saving the animals from abuse and cruelty. ASPCA and other organizations for the animals I'm so glad and grateful for their effort, and I wish more people would acknowledge the importance and their purpose and focus on the big picture and the difference it can make if doing the right thing.

Deborah

I think Sharon is wrong. Unless she personally inspects all growers/breeders facilities, or personally knows them...how would she know that they put ethics before profit? I suggest she's the one who needs to get out, get informed, and put her money where her mouth is...check it out. Seriously, do you believe every commercial you see. Of course growers are going to play to be on the side of the humane treatment because they don't want the informed and concerned to hurt their pocketbooks. BTW...How "humane" can a slaughter house be? Get out and get informed...pass the salt.

Deborah

Hi Deborah. The two of us speak with one voice. I just sent a reply to a writer over a comment I thought was addressed to me but was addressed to you! No matter, we are in agreement on the issue of corporate "farms".

patricia mc cain

I know this is true, I rescued a chicken that fell from a truck near a processing plant. It did not know how to walk, my chickens taught it to walk. But it grew abnormally large until died. I rescued another fallen chicken, gave to a friend hoping for better luck. He put with his chickens, but again this chicken also grew abnormal until its breast got too large to carry and it stopped breathing.

Gabby

That is so sad..

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