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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C. Brissenden

This makes me sooo sick to think there are people who would allow this
practice on there watch. Even more terrible is the person who is directly responsible

Dyan Merick

What about the hatcheries that throw live male chicks into a grinder? Only females count here to fatten up for sale.

RoseMarie Gener...

The chicken industry, 99%, has been known for years to be the greediest of all the meat businesses...therefore, the most inhumane. It is this disgusting cruelty that causes the filthy environment, which in turn causes sickness to both the chickens and the humans who eat them; not to mention the unsafe working conditions for its employees.


Well what about the latest news about sending our chickens to china to process all our chicken nuggets there. Good luck!! you know what we will be getting back or do we?

Neil Carlson

Respect your food! It will taste better too.

susan rudnicki

ASPCA fails to mention the salient fact in this growth cycle and which the woman from Georgia must know---broiler fryers are designed to go from fluffy chick to slaughter in SIX WEEKS. Ask yourself how can any organism put on weight at that rate in such a short time and not be considered a freak of nature? Bioengineering of this sort is simply a economy of scale, profit driven model ---maximize money at the expense of any sensible humane considerations. That is BS about these corporate contract growers for Tyson, et al being the "salt of earth" ---a bucolic, sentimental image from another era.


Most farmers real love is the money they make from their animals whether cows,pigs, sheep or chickens. They want the most money for the least work and how animals suffer is of little consequence to them. As someone who lives in a farming community I see what goes on and hate it.


The world was shocked when Allied troops entered Germany and saw the carnage at the concentration camps. But it is alright when we do the same thing to animals. There is something wrong here and these low life's better call not call themselves Christians, the Devil has a place for them in hell.


i can barely read these stories. It's so sad that we call ourselves human, part of the word humane. We are the least humane species on the planet. We are so selfish, petty, greedy and self righteous that I'm amazed we've been able to survive as long as we have. If left up to our food producers left to their own devices, our poor animals who happen to share this planet, would be treated much worse. I have no misconceptions about our species. We don't deserve the planet we inherited. We treat the planet and everything on it as if it belonged to us. We act like we don't need to pass a livable environment down to future generations. We act like we don't care if our future generations ever see a real polar bear or manatee. We plow through this earth like a hot knife through soft butter not caring what or who we destroy on our way towards extinction. There is no one but us. If we don't start taking care of our environment and all the species that share the space with us, we will be at the top of the food chain solely because we will have destroyed, killed, or hunted to extinction, every other species on earth. We have to stop saying give me and start saying let me give to you. We have to stop being so greedy and wasteful. Is it really necessary to kill 8.5 billlion chickens so we can satisfy our insatiable hunger for the meat of other animals? We waste so manyof that 8.5 billion lives. And not only do we kill and waste the meat, we treat them like crap while they are alive. We are the ultimate in cruelty. We abuse them then kill them. Then we waste so much of what they gave their lives for. It makes me sick the way these factory farms treat the animals rased for food. To me, we are the real animals. We can't show a bit of compassion towards these vulnerable helpless animals who are completely under our control and don't understand what we are doing to them and why. Why are they born to suffer their entire lives, their short lives? Why can't we, the supposedly "smart" ones just remember that these animals didn't ask for this life and didn't ask for the torture we inflict on them so we can have a bigger chicken breast on our dinner plate. That's what we do and we've become so dissensitized to the pain of others that it doesn't bother people to see these birds unable to move because we've given them drugs to grow to something that God didn't intend. I think all these folks who spout bible verse and have one handy for every sin they commit to rationalize it to themselves need to actually read all the bible and take a huge lesson from the man who is probably rolling over in his grave seeing how we treat his other creations. How we have become so disgustingly cruel to His creatures and so full of ourselves that we think we know what He thinks about how we act towards each other and the more vulnerable species. He should strike us dead for the way we treat His gifts. We torture them, we kill them indiscriminately, we hunt them to extinction for their fur and as trophies. How evil we are. We all deserve to be struck dead for the way we behave. No animal on the planet kills with such lust and without empathy or compassion. We make man's best friends fight and kill each other for sport. What other animal does that? none. We are the worst animal in the history of earth and deserve whatever our fate may be, and more. We all better wake up and smell the coffee or we will pay the price for our hubris. I for one can't wait for the retrobutuion we have coming to us. I hope all the other species are still around to see our demise. At least they will know that finally all the bad humans are gone and they will be able to get on with repopulating the world with real humane animals that don't stalk them on two legs.


Anonymous, I read every word you typed and feel like crying, only because its so true but I feel the same way you do everyday of my life. Thank you for expressing it, but so many people are selfish they don't care.