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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Sick, when are we going to stop abusing animal for just money


Well said Camille, I think Sharon eats ALOT of chicken. Hopefully she doesn't have any pets of her own.


We must be cognizant of the fact that local farmers are not the same as the corporate farms that actually do these heinous things.
It is for Great Profit they operate, not to make a living. There is a moral and ethical difference. Yes, the farmer the real farmer, is the salt of the earth and we do need to support them. It's the corporations we need to curtail.


Being part of the food chain is the natural state of all living species. Unfortunately, man went wrong when GREED and lack of compassion for anyone and anything but ourselves took precedence. Animals raised humanely, then killed humanely, are fine. It is this gross cruelty that MUST STOP. And, unfortunately, with the number of people on the planet, it also means eating less meat because the amount of consumption cannot be sustained indefinitely even humanely.


I will say that this article is less than half true,,,they state that 99% of chickens raised for meat,,,this is not an accurate amount by a long shot,,there are probably a few places out there that raise chickens solely for money, not caring about the conditions the birds live in. i would say it's more like 95% of growers care about the birds that they raise whether for eggs or meat. the birds are well-fed, watered, warm and dry,,safe from predators and pests and diseases. these people see one place that gets reported as inhumane, and they immediately start saying that all places are bad. this is not true in any way. the government started sticking there noses into the poultry industry a few yrs ago, without the slightest idea what they were talking about. no one person or organization can generalize conditions for an entire industry. there are always different situations and conditions that must be addressed; for instance, what part of the country you are in,,what the weather conditions are for that area,,what natural predators are in the area,,the list goes on. the point is,,,stop generalizing.


It kindest and most intelligent means of solving a lot of the world's problems is by
reducing human population and living simply, healthily and happily, morally and
intelligently. Problems solved for the animals and the humans.


I agree. The main problem our world faces is HUMAN overpopulation. We are gobbling up every resource and every parcel of land at an unprecedented rate. Until something is done about human overpopulation, we will face wars over water and food in the near future. That may be what it takes to reduce the human population.


It's kind to reduce the human population? What is your humane solution for and criteria for getting rid of the "extra" population?


It's a shame that people argue over an issue such as this. We all are entitled to our own opinion. I prefer to not pass judgment on another just because they do not think like I do. There is so much injustice in this world - towards people, animals, the environment, etc. We must all pull together to stop the prevailing madness of a society that has everything at the expense of others whether it be humans, animals, plants, etc. NO animal deserves to be raised cruelly. They unknowingly sacrifice their lives for us so they deserve to be raised humanely. We all know that there are some bad, sadistic people out there who unfortunately work with animals. They may not work on every farm, ranch or whatever, but they make ALL farms, ranches, etc. look bad. Regardless, it is our responsibility to make sure that no animal suffers needlessly, including the chicken...


The point that BREEDERS are creating birds that are much to heavy to support themselves and this does need to stop. So many of the different breeds of domestic animals have disappeared due to breeders breeding for more meat/bigger animals/etc. We have lost whole species of heirloom breeds and we are left with these frankenstein breeds that are neither good for themselves and in the long run not good for us. Greed...its everywhere and if you don't believe that...then you do have your head in the sand.....