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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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.

Tara C

Silly silly peeps!!! Naive creatures! Just because a group of people say they support something doesn't mean they are golden behind closed doors! Listen to the news folks...duh! How many "Pastors" out there are port addict child molestors? They preach a good story and then behind closed doors do what they want. Same with foster many kids there are neglected??? OPEN the eyes. Someone said something about the mighty dollar, and I agree with them. Animals even those to be served on a dinner plate should be treated with dignity and respect. I'm just saying. Now I'm hungry....


It is unfortunate they are part of the food chain, it's terrible and very sad. Let's join and make a difference to their world and maybe we figure something to change the future and not have chickens as part of the world food chain. There are other sources of food to eat in this world. It's unfortunate that for them and other animals planet earth is hell, and maybe why there are so many diseases that most people are not even aware and not paid attention which could very well tell us that we're not supposed to eat them and it's simple, they can feel pain and suffering and hell right here in our planet is what hell is all about. Continue doing a great job and maybe together slowly we can change the future and fight and end the cruelty!