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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Please stop this inhumane treatment of All animals! I would love to stick these people in a cage for a week. They would be crying like babies.

Marli N.

All our feed stock animals should be treated and live as humanly as possible. Please everyone support human treatment and lifecycles for these wonderful creatures God made to share the earth with us.

Marli N.

All animals have the right to a good life. All of them. Let the executives make less money.


Once again reminded of how glad I am that I'm vegan.


The chickens talked about here are called Cornish Cross. I've raised them myself for my family to eat. They grow so big that their weight cripples them. This happens to them regardless of the conditions they are kept in. You can slow their growth down some by strict control of their food intake, which can cause malnutrition if not monitored correctly. They will still get big enough to cripple them, it will just take a few more weeks. Since the breed was created (by selective breeding) to be a meat chicken, they are usually killed as soon as they are big enough to eat. They are full grown by 4 to 6 weeks old. Cornish Cross are a cross between Cornish Game and White Rock chickens. The breed was created so the farmers don't have to feed and care for the chickens as long before slaughter. This breed also helped to stop some farmers from using drugs or chemicals to force the chickens to grow faster. They get huge fast all on their own, naturally. There are several places you can buy them to raise yourself. See if you can prevent them from becoming crippled by their own weight if you really believe farmers just aren't taking care of them properly.


Yep, I raised two of those Cornish Crossed. Both died as it looked like from heart attacks and were as big as a white turkey within a short period of time. Your report I wish people would read as it's the truth!
Thank you!


I raised chickens from my childhood in VA and then I had flocks (25) hens for years in CA. I was selling eggs for donations to supplement the feed costs which were high but I always made sure healthy for my hens with garden cutting etc. Once I ordered a variety of chicken breeds. I was given two Cornish game hens in the flock which grew so fast they looked like full grown turkeys within the month. They died without reaching laying age but I didn't raised the hens for meat. The other breeds of hens were in various sizes and laid various sizes of many colored eggs. I can speak from experience of raising smaller flocks of 25 hens as to what is required in keeping them healthy so their eggs were as healthy that I consumed.
Now for this website, I do NOT want anyone to mislead others in white washing ALL those who own flocks of chickens with supporting new laws that would make it difficult to raised your own flocks based on misinformation.
This report did NOT state which breed of chicken has been genetically engineered for grown. Did they know which breed they were? This report did NOT state the chicken farms they observed and other data required for my vote to trust in the facts presented.
Good reporting is dealing with details & facts that can be proven. Again as once owning many flocks of different breeds of hens I can speak with knowledge and experience about raising healthy chickens for eggs.
Believe me I will not support any data that appears to white wash over all chicken farmers in the USA. I do NOT follow a crowd blindly and would not vote blindly as my word is important to me as my reputation of knowledge I've acquired personally.
In the future, please state names & places that can be addressed based on facts of personal viewed knowledge & discovered supported information. Otherwise you will loose patrons for any future cause you may request support for regardless of it's truth.
God bless you for efforts but be smart about them.
Thank you.


Okay, so "Cornish Cross...grow so big that their weight cripples them" and "the breed was created so the farmers don't have to feed and care for the chickens as long before slaughter." Isn't purposely breeding a creature that will be doomed to a short, painful life, especially for purely economic reasons, still cruel? That's certainly not something to which I want to contribute.

Lois K. Smith

I glad to hear that in GA chickens are taken care of, like they should be. But chickens are raised in states other than GA. And most people/companies that raise any animal for profit are not the most careful people with obeying all the laws. So my name goes on the petition!


Makes one womder just what sort of long term effects this will have on us and our children.