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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Face it -America is cruel to any animals- you don't see this take place in England- it does happen third world countries -I would imagine.


I volunteer at an animal rehab facility and have witnessed first hand the dilemma facing these poor birds. Chickens bred to be so large in the breast that they can only take a few steps forward before falling face down due to the disproportionate weight. Supporting better, healthier conditions for these animals can only be seen as positive. The farmers who are currently practicing humane techniques should be happy that others will be held to the same standards of care.


Don't be confused, when you see, you cannot un-see. Putting my name on that petition and looking closely at the Corporate Turkey farms in my state.

Chris Cali

I've been buying Chicken from Whole Foods for years...all organic. And their chicken breats are the largest I've ever seen. I would like to know how that's possible...they're supossed to be raised in a humane envirornment, so how do they get these things so big???


Thank you ASPCA for taking on this issue. Consider advocating for egg laying hens also. In this great nation of the United States, we are failing miserably concerning the treatment of farm animals.


I totally agree, the farmer is pushed into this un-natural freak chicken product from supply and demand and now they're actually going to import our chickens to China just to have China import them back! And China has NO REGULATIONS anything goes. Very scary indeed! My small organic flock are layers and I have no intention of eating my ladies:)

Helgaleena Heal...

I care about the quality of chickens' lives. Hip dysplasia can be bred out very easily, as in doves. Do it please.


You are totally wrong for Oklahoma. My cousin had 2 chicken house. He had enormous amt of regulations he had to follow. HE kept his houses emucalate, checked them every couple of hrs, checking to make sure they werent to hot or too cool.
Get the facts straight. If we want to eat chicken ,feeding the masses, they cannot chase them in the field.


To Sharon,

Many "GROWERS" do not support humane conditions. YOU are wrong! The ones that do... have no idea what happens when they aren't there to oversee their employees. People in general do not think about how that animal on their plate has suffered. ANIMALS FEEL PAIN just like we do...


I guess if your a farmer you have every right to be cruel. Sorry don't buy. Shouldn't be in the business of farmer aka cruelty.