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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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Carol Goodwyn

I want all animals to be treated humanely. That's why I buy Nellie's Cage Free Eggs from Family Farmers that care about their hens.

leila

i dont eat chicken from unknown places. i normally eat chicken from perdue because its the best quality chicken. Not all companies are bad you just need to know who are you buying it from. Do not buy chickens from small markets but buy it from big supermarkets like BJs.

JOAN

IF ALL LIVING CREATURES ARE NOT TREATED IN THE HUMANE WAY THEN ITS
THE PUBLIC'S DUTY TO BOYCOTT, IF YOU DO NOT THEN PROBLEM WILL KEEP
GOING ON. STEP UP TO THE PLATE LETS ALL GET INVOLVED AND IT WILL HAPPEN.

Brandon

This NEEDS to STOP......NOW!!!!!! How would you like it if someone did this to you whether you were to be eaten or not? Stop the cruel shit NOW!

Barry

Commercial farming is big time business. Profitability is critical, just like it is in any other business. If no one is monitoring your procedures, and no one is auditing your operations, the chances are good that profit motivation will outweigh ethical principles.
I have never seen anyone abusing rules admit to any wrong doing until they are caught. Even then, individuals will deny clear evidence. Convicted criminals are always framed. My boy could never murder anyone, he's a good boy. We can make you millions, just give me your money. I did invest some of it, there were just a lot of expenses.
Why would the ASPCA have an axe to grind against innocent organizations? There are enough bad guys out there to fully occupy their limited resources. If a farmer runs a sound operation, with ethical treatment of animals. then they shouldn't be disturbed about the operations that are accused of not doing the same. Of course if their interpretation of ethical treatment is radically different than the world at lodge, they have to realize that there are mores and standards that have to be followed.
You don't chain your dogs up to a tree and leave them in the heat without water. You don't let your chickens become morbidly obese so that you can sell plumper breasts. In today's world consumers have the power to boycott and refuse to purchase brands that are following unethical standards, or perhaps creating situations that can lead to tainted product. Those organizations who are exposed and refuse to change will reap short term benefits, but will find themselves out of business over time. There are plenty of options available for those who decide to jump ship. It is a living creature, and even if it is raised for consumption, while it is breathing it should be treated ethically.

Barry

Commercial farming is big time business. Profitability is critical, just like it is in any other business. If no one is monitoring your procedures, and no one is auditing your operations, the chances are good that profit motivation will outweigh ethical principles.
I have never seen anyone abusing rules admit to any wrong doing until they are caught. Even then, individuals will deny clear evidence. Convicted criminals are always framed. My boy could never murder anyone, he's a good boy. We can make you millions, just give me your money. I did invest some of it, there were just a lot of expenses.
Why would the ASPCA have an axe to grind against innocent organizations? There are enough bad guys out there to fully occupy their limited resources. If a farmer runs a sound operation, with ethical treatment of animals. then they shouldn't be disturbed about the operations that are accused of not doing the same. Of course if their interpretation of ethical treatment is radically different than the world at lodge, they have to realize that there are mores and standards that have to be followed.
You don't chain your dogs up to a tree and leave them in the heat without water. You don't let your chickens become morbidly obese so that you can sell plumper breasts. In today's world consumers have the power to boycott and refuse to purchase brands that are following unethical standards, or perhaps creating situations that can lead to tainted product. Those organizations who are exposed and refuse to change will reap short term benefits, but will find themselves out of business over time. There are plenty of options available for those who decide to jump ship. It is a living creature, and even if it is raised for consumption, while it is breathing it should be treated ethically.

Cheryl Smith

I think I need to study and become a vegetarian. Mankind's treatment of animals is nothing to be proud of. If we have to eat some of them, can't we treat them humanely while they have their short, pathetic lives?

Carolyn

Ideally, we should grow our own food, raise our own chickens. That's the only way to be sure we are not being poisoned. The chicken industry is disgusting!

Shelley

Chickens arestuffed in cages in huge warehouses, cannot move, never see natural sunlight, watch their peers be slaughtered and die in front of them. Their whole entire lives are under stress and horrible conditions - then we expect to eat them and not be sick ourselves? People need a wake up call. Chickens today are a far cry from the farms where they were allowed to roam and roost in freedom as God had intended. Humans are destroying not only animals, but themselves in the process...

John

The family farm is long gone, most farmers are huge agribusiness corporations, not "salt of the earth." At any rate, even the most "humane" raising of broiler chicken results in millions of male chicks of the broiler variety being killed or ground up alive within hours of being born. This wasn't an issue before broiler chickens were selectively bred.

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