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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Susan G

Please consider becoming Vegan. As I read these compassionate posts, I believe that most of you are already most of the way there. Do a little homework. Going Vegan really isn't difficult and opens up so many new, and delicious ways to enjoy wholesome food and please your palate. You don't need to be a party to the torture and suffering of millions of innocent animals each year. Truly, you don't.


At the moment, I'm more concerned that the USDA just approved the processing of Chickens in China and are soon to approve China for importing chickends into the United want to talk about poor conditions for Chickens, then look up China's farmers. I'm concerned that if you make the US farmers chicken's cost more, then we'll definitely have China's chicken's in our grocery stores instead.

Vegan want to be.

I am grateful the ASPCA is addressing the plight of livestock. While there are some quality local family farms the Corporate farms are abhorrent. But the big questions is, if we love animals so much, why do we eat them.

I also saw first hand, the cruelty inflicted on dairy cattle in the state of Wisconsin and have stopped drinking milk.

Thanks ASPCA


Yesterday I was making brownies and cracked an egg to go in them. It was bloody. I threw it out. I thought "I haven't seen a bloody egg since I was a kid". I'm 53 now. Blood in eggs is caused by steroids and hormones. It causes double yolks, too. I thought it was illegal now. I'm going to tell them about it at the grocery store next time I go. I'm glad this petition is going. I want to do something to stop this.


SO so sad :.(


"to understand any living thing you must creep within and feel the beating of it's heart..."
NO human knows what it's like to live a life as an animal - any animal..

T. Fortner

Karma - what you put out there will come back to you again. The way people treat their animals is a sign of their society. We don't care about animals, kids, our earth mother, the poor. In God we trust in the almighty dollar bill.
The back yard farmer is a thing of the past. It's now money, greed, inhumane treatment. Period! If you think that a chicken farmer who raises 5 - 10,000 chickens is able to do that humanely, you're in denial.

Carolyn Amundson

"First do no harm." That refers to all agricultural animals as well as humanity. The genetic monstrosities agribusiness is foisting off on America are not healthy, to say nothing of being humane. Please re-think your position.

Sally Webster

I was raised on a farm and none of our animals were treated like this. Our chickens ran loose and went to the chicken house every evening. Our hogs had 15 acre's to roam on and we had 300 hogs and our cows had 12 acre's to roam on and we had 9. There is no reason for this inhumane treatment. Greed will get you no were.

Madeleaine Kell...

People have no regard for animals at all. They don't care how they suffer all because of the great "Dollar". Their lives are short, why not make them have a comfortable life and not a cruel one.