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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You don't eat something you respect.


But i need mah protein

Sara and Coy Ba...

We are a Tyson breeder hen grower in Fayetteville Arkansas and have been for 33 years. Our hens have space to roam in the house, they have a cooled air environment, they have fresh water at all hours and food, and they have slats to roost on, not waste. We keep the house clean and it is NOT a bad environment for the hens and roosters.


You are not the problem; if only all farms were run in this manner.


I would not have even mentioned you work for Tyson. You are poisening the animals as well as people. Why would anyone buy anything produced by Tyson. Shame on you.


To the Tyson response, you did not mention if your chickens are so over weight that it makes their life uncomfortable. Don't use GMO corn either, you are making people sick.


I haven't eaten a chicken since i saw

So horrible!

Stop the cruelty!

anne mcdonnell

It is very important to the physical and emotional health of all humans that all for food farm animals be treated with empathy and respect.


@Sharon, I disagree with you. I have kinfolk in Georgia that have seen the conditions mentioned here and these chickens are full of hormones, steroids and antibiotics because they are raised in extremely filthy conditions. The best chickens are the ones roaming around freely eating bugs and worms like mother nature intended.


Be clear on the issue here, it's not about the conditions in which they are kept:

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.