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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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.


Well said. I haven't read the bible nor and I a religious person but I am spiritual and these things you mention are commonsense to me. Sometimes I wonder how people with awareness can survive in this world.


It truly doesn't matter how you look at it. Whether its organic, range free it is about making money, and they care less about these animals. They are a product to them and not living beings. Because once you consider these animals living beings, you will not harm them, mistreat them, neglect them, abuse them, slaughter them for human consumption. They are living breathing beings capable of feeling pain and suffering. What is the difference between a chicken and a dog? None, what so ever! I am glad I stopped eating meat and became a Vegan. I am 46 years old and so many of my health issues have disappeared and I have lost weight and full of energy. I thank every organization, program, books and advise I took to get me where I am. I know I am just one person, but I believe I make a difference.


My husband grew up on a chicken ranch. He is 63 years old. Back then they let the chickens give eggs then sent slaughtered them for food. Does not sound great but a lot better than what is going on now. Yes they were in cages but not packed together. Sometimes the "free range" only means they are running around all together in a small packed area walking in others poop and peed and are not healthy either. I realize getting more food for all the fast population is difficult but many jobs are need for people. Let more people work at getting and keeping our food healthy and safe.


Sorry for all the typo's lol. I meant they slaughtered the chicken's for food after they gave eggs for a period of time and meant getting food for our vast population. Spell check gets over active at times.


If not for the animals, honestly, people should really care more for the well being of the individuals that do consume more mainstream chicken and beef too. It is not healthy to eat meat especially when it has been degraded and tarnished to this point. Even by our meat eating standards, people dont even get the protein and vitamin's they think they are getting when the animals have been malnourished and pretty much manufactured to not just this point, but the points that anyone would find if they ever did any real research.

Tara C

Just because farmers support a cause does not mean that behind closed doors terrible things are happening. My goodness we are some naive people....what happened to society these days?!?!? Think about the terrible things that happen to animals and kids and husbands and wives behind closed doors.....look at the freaking news articles and see how many "Pastors" are porn addicts or molest kids. WTH?!?! But hey if they are a supporter of a so called good deed they must be great! LOL....silly rabbit tricks are for kids!

Terry White-Lee

You are all losing sight of what this is really about, of course there is animal abuse in your state. There is animal abuse in every state. Open your eyes and don't take these remarks so personal, after all this isn't about you it's about working diligently to better care for the farm animals as well as all others. You are ignorant to make such a remark about the ASPCA, those are the true hero's of our time, saving animals lives 24/7...Before posting such derogatory remarks about ASPCA possibly you should do a little research regarding the lives saved and pulled from inhumane,cruel and dangerous situations, time after time after time. I'm sure it's safe to say you have never been to a puppy mill, animal hoarders home or a kill shelter, dairy, chicken,horse or pig farm where the conditions are so deplorable and heartwrenching that you have nightmares about those suffering animals for weeks afterwards. If all farmers were such "Salt of the Earth" people there wouldn't be a reason for the Dept. of Agriculture to place new laws into effect to protect these animals. I am a member of the ASPCA, have been for a very long time and proud of everything they accomplish. Proud enough to display my last name which I see you opted out to do.


Thank you Terry, and I know ASPCA does wonders for the innocent beings. Just recently the raid on the dog fighting that 367 dogs were rescued....thank you ASPCA. I support your actions fully.