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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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Sherry Davila

I think the way farmers treat chickens is totally cruel and wrong. These chickens need clean roomy areas to grow in. They should not be in cramped dirty miserable conditions. A well cared for chicken will not be as likely to be sick also. I know if I were to see these chickens suffering in anyway I would never want to eat eggs or chicken again. Farming doesn't have to make chickens suffer, they could be provided with some space to grow and walk around and be in a clean setting.They should at all times be treated humanly!!! Lets stop this now. These animals eventually come to our dinner tables there is no reason this has to be done by cruel and inhumane practices!!!

Joseph

I'm sorry Sharon, but you are wrong. ASPCA is talking about factory farms, where animals are kept in small cages and small stalls their entire life, and are treated like machines, rather than the living, feeling creatures that they are. They can't even turn around, let alone roam free the way they should. Factory farms are animal nightmares, and that is where most meat and dairy comes from. And by eating those products, you are supporting this horrible system.

I, myself, am vegetarian (almost vegan) and am very proud to NOT support those farms. Salt of the earth my eye.

Mitch Forman

Do you even know the difference between the independent 'family' farmer, and the huge corporate-owned 'factory-farms'? Do some reading on the subject - there are plenty of books out there on the subject - not to mention documentaries on DVD. Whenever I read accusations of others being "NON-KNOWLEDGEABLE" (incorrect-you mean 'unknowledgeable' ), it's usually "you people" who need the educating... l

Mitch Forman

Do you even know the difference between the independent 'family' farmer, and the huge corporate-owned 'factory-farms'? Do some reading on the subject - there are plenty of books out there on the subject - not to mention documentaries on DVD. Whenever I read accusations of others being "NON-KNOWLEDGEABLE" (incorrect-you mean 'unknowledgeable' ), it's usually "you people" who need the educating... l

Stephen Degiorgio

Bullshit! All you are interested is commercial viability at all costs - 'the end justifies the means', so much for your insensitivity towards dumb creatures! You want us to "Get out and get a life..." We'll first get you scavengers out in the open and expose all farm abuses to the public wide and large, for what it takes, at any cost.

Rosemary Lowe

Sorry, but this is just what you want to believe, because it's easier than facing the reality of what is going on, in Georgia, as well. It is called delusional thinking. Or perhaps you work for the industry. I come from farming people in Iowa. Today's "farming" is not the nice ol' small farm, where the farmer had names for each animal. It is all about money, and I think you know it.

Marlaine

We love our farmers.. I grew up in a time where everything came off the small local farms...But really, anyone who thinks this doesn't happen is blind.. The BIG Farming industry, and I'll repeat INDUSTRY, because it's a business, is concerned with the bottom line, not conditions or quality...There are very few small local farms left, those that raise the stock naturally...I support them in my area big time.

Animal Warriors...

Nice try Sharon. It's time for YOU to give it up! The meat industry is barbaric and cruel. How do the people in this business sleep at night after all they witness during their day of abuse? No conscience? Greed? If I were you I would be getting out of the business very, very soon. There are more and more people turning to a Vegan diet every day. The meat industry will become a thing of the past!!

LARRY

if you believe that, I have one question... who's reading the big words for you?

Patty

Hi Sharon, Hun, you are right for those that you know about, but not all farms are like the ones you know about! There are many, too many farms that are run for commercial businesses that are horrible, disgusting and treat their stock in horrible ways. Now, I know how you feel about the farms that are good. I'm so thankful for them, but if you really care about the welfare of the chickens that are raised on farms you haven't seen, you would want to do something to fix it, wouldn't you? We are talking about bad farms, the ones who only care about making money, and don't care about the poor chickens that are suffering. That is what this petition is all about. Don't you think you'd like to help the chickens that are raised in horrible circumstances? If you care, please help and sign this petition and share it with everyone you can. Lets make the farms that are irresponsible change the way they farm, or get out of the business! Thanks for being concerned. Patty

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