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 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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Alan Wingard

Consumers will greatly come to respect your chicken raising enterprises when assured the birds are raised in humane and nurturing environments. They'll taste even better on the dinner table.


Hi Sharon:
You are right "good" farmers are the salt of the earth and care for animals usually as good people would. The corporatization of farming in America has caused many family farms to suffer or sell. Corporations care about profit not animals.


Sorry but you are uniformed this inhumane treatment goes on all around us , for the almighty dollar! It's unhealthy for them and us. Factory farmers are GUILTY here! Shame on us all.


Do you mean the same "Georgia", that also supports the illegal dogfighting industry ? The ASPCA, is wrong ? Really ? Do some research, in Georgia. Since you are obviously a member of the 'super-ignorant', I know that won't. If you people keep abusing animals, in Georgia, some day you'll get your hand calls for.


Do you mean the same "Georgia", that also supports the illegal dogfighting industry ? The ASPCA, is wrong ? Really ? Do some research, in Georgia. Since you are obviously a member of the 'super-ignorant', I know that won't. If you people keep abusing animals, in Georgia, some day you'll get your hand calls for.


You're an idiot!


No, Sharon, you are wrong. About a year ago the Documentary Channel showed a Documentary on how chickens are treated at TYSON, the popular chicken brand! The horrors seen were disgusting, how these poor birds were forced to live (and die). Yes, there are decent people out there who have proper living quarters for their birds and take excellent care of them but TYSON packs it's birds into a warehouse so tightly they can't get to food, some are killed trying and left to rot unless the other birds eat them first or eat them rotten. Some never get to food and eat their own feces. These birds are sent to market for us to eat! The employees were caught playing ball with the birds, bouncing them off the side of a Tractor and trailer. I could go on but I wanted to say if you think this is bad you should see what China does to meat. A Country who has no Government ruling on Food they ship to us. That Documentary showed Human feces being dumped into the same lake they bathe in, and raise the fish in, that they freeze and ship to the U.S. for your eating pleasure! I could go on for hours. Watch some of the Documentaries on TV., You may be Surprised at what goes on in the world.

Tristan L Sullivan

Farmers are the salt of the Earth, but please, let's not confuse this with factory farming, an industry in which confinement, electric prodding, extreme discomfort, and finally, not uncommonly being boiled or ground up alive is the worst imaginable suffering on Earth for pigs, cows and other animals, and one of the worst humanitarian crises in our history. It has become cruel and inhuman beyond belief, as well as COMPLETELY unsustainable economically and environmentally: a hamburger would cost fifteen dollars were it not for federal subsidies. A pound of animal protein costs ten pounds of grain: literally an unsustainable equation, to say nothing of the horrific health risks of factory farmed food. Then there's the billions of natural, wild animals we kill to "protect" these animals who's suffering is, again, unthinkable to an even remotely civilized society. I agree with you that farmers are very hard working, sincere people. The atrocities of this industry and the lies they've perpetrated to continue it have NOTHING to do with that. Please don't be blinded by propaganda and your own pride. Factory farming and its massive industry is your enemy too. It is probably the most viciously cruel industry on Earth: senseless and unsustainable.


YOU are wrong! I rescue chickens. The huge white chickens are called," Broilers" their genes were genetically altered for them to become huge, therefore having more flesh on them for people to eat. Because of this, they DO grow way too fast and have problems with their feet, cannot support the weight of their own body and then cannot stand up! I witness this fact everyday! As far as farmers being the, " salt of the earth" unless they are organic farmers, they are destroying the earth! They use toxic pesticides,( like Round Up) use GMO seeds, which means they too are genetically modified to prevent insects from eating the crops,( we need insects for various reasons, ie. bees to pollinate ). The GMO seeds spread to organic farms and invade the Heritage seeds and crops, destroying what Mother Nature gave us. You must be a nonorganic farmer to make a comment like that! Why don't YOU get a life? One that doesn't torture animals and destroy the earth!


Sharon, not all farmers are like you. it is unfortunate that most raise meat for human's to eat in really despicable inhumane conditions. congrats to you and yours for being humane...and not practicing just for the old dollar, greed!