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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Wow I had no idea. I know that factory farmed animals are abused and I refuse to eat anything that comes from a factory farm. But who would have thought that organic, free range doesn't mean that. Does anyone have any suggestions about buying chickens from sources that treat and kill animals in the most humane way possible. I will pay extra for this.


We can look for & demand "certified Humane" eggs & chickens. And yes you will pay extra. Check out Dr. Mercola's site to find some alternative resources.


The way these animals are treated sickens me.


The sheer number of chickens slaughtered for food precludes their being treated well. Tyson, last I checked on their own Web site, slaughters 42 million chickens every WEEK. Anyone can see that for the volume alone, they must be shoved together by the thousands to be raised. Tyson, Perdue--all of them--have independent farmers (whom I do not blame, because they are forced into unfair contracts by the big companies) who house them in huge sheds with sometimes 30,000 birds in a building. There is no way you can tell me this is "natural" or that those chickens are getting good care. I suggest everyone in the rural areas where these chickens are raised approach the farmers and request a tour of their facilities. If they let you see, judge for yourself. If they don't, ask yourself what they're hiding.


Play nice Sharon - you and I both know that the majority of chickens in this country are NOT raised in humane conditions. Every state has their exceptions to the factory farming conditions, but they are definitely the exception and they are few and far between. Wish things were different. If you have a humane chicken farm then Thank You. Show the rest of them how its' done!!

Jill Myers

Some growers may be ethical. MANY are heedless of inhumane conditions as defined above. Nothing is "ALL" or "ALWAYS" - wake up & applaud humane animal,bird,species of all kinds raised & killed by those growers with ethics and compassion for ANY life.
Accept the existence of thoses horrific conditions of heartless growners -try to imagine yourself as a sentient creature meeting the same fate.
Work on correction - burying your head in the sand won't stop the suffering

Marli N.

Beautifully stated Jill. Bless you.


My husband has worked for three different poultry companies and none of their birds are raised in these alleged conditions.

I think conditions at one company (or even a handful of farms) are being generalized to encompass the entire industry, which isn't a fair or accurate picture of the industry as a whole. When you consider the cost of these birds, and how much it costs to feed and grow them, mistreating them only hurts the farmers and the company they grow birds for.

Yes, sometimes birds gain weight too quickly, which can cause damage to their bone structure. But again, this isn't the norm. Bird weight is closely monitored to prevent this from happening.

Is the industry perfect? No. But it's not anywhere near as horrible as it is made out to be either.

Donna Milbourne

Dear Sharon, and others who believe the process of "food animals" is humane. It is a fool's folly to think we process our "meat" animals humanely. There is nothing "humane" about slaughter and the horrific means by which we kill these poor creatures. Farmers can be wonderful to their animals, but most are less than that, and the entire system of butchery is appalling. Farmer's are needed with out a doubt, but a broader focus on organic vegetables and fruit would serve the world better.


I have friends who's families raise chickens in Alabama and Georgia and they talked about how the chickens are raised to get so big so fast before they are really adult birds. They told how the chickens are kept in cages and often smoter smaller birds who cannot get from under the larger birds. One of them said as a teen it was his job to collect the dead birds from under the live ones. Something must be done.