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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Jayfeather Warr...

i never knew

Jayfeather Warr...

i never knew


Hmmm, could we maybe get back to the topic?! All animals deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness. Is there a list of OK chickens to buy for eating purposes?!
Thank you ASPCA


I would like you to list the names of these companies that you say that are Organic & Free-Range that treat their chickens inhumane. I don't believe that for one second!

karen shenkel

Why can't smart people, make smart choices. What do you intend to do, make chickens the size of ducks? If this is what consumers want, which I seriously doubt, let them buy ducks. It's really a no-brainer.


These little chickens obviously undergo so much of misery simply to fatten the farmers bank account or to sky rocket the profit. These animals are sentient beings & need to be given at least the basic legal rights for them as well to freely breath & live. But most of the farmers do not bother about these animals welfare. They simply looks into the mighty dollar & the way these chickens suffer is totally unethical. Imagine then people eat these sad unhappy stressed out & fully loaded with biochemicals, animals flesh & what do they end up with? Numerous deseases. In truth & in fact the Bird Flu began similarly due to raising these chickens in a very unhealthy environment & a very unethical way. We live in a modern world and need to change the habits of treating other living beings similarly with kindness & compassion. It is high time to adopt some humane ways to treat these innocent voiceless animals & the governing bodies need to amend the laws accordingly. The farmers who does not care about these defenceless creatures need to be punished & fine heavily. That is the only way the unkind people will learn to respect these animals.

Kevin and Ashley

I believe there is a humane way of doing things, yes the end result is there demise but do it the proper way. Abuse is wrong in all standards no matter the eventual outcome.

mac williams

People need to be aware of how the food are grown here. we eat it we get sick the govt pays for medicare. with the obama healthcare coming around the corner- we will buy health insurance! and with all the employers most of whome wont hire regular work anymore in order to avoid the Obama care for 2014 and not pay benefits- we are we got- each other. so the chicken we eat we get sick!
what is the feds and FDA doing about this? how do we get this fat FDA people to move their butts and start caring more about doing their jobs? oh well i hope the chicken with salmonela dont end up on their dinner plate.

Melinda de los ...

Count me in! (Flashbacks of the myriad, unspeakable images of cruelty and carelessness inflicted upon animals up for the slaughter are, for me, haunting and mentally excruciating.)


I feel for all animals that are considered "food". The conditions many of them are kept in is disgusting to say the least! Maybe if the farmers had to live in those conditions for just ONE day things would change! B/c of the things I've seen I have sworn off all types of "edible animals".