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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 TruthAboutChicken.org 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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fizz izz

yea. i dont get it either.

NiFi

They are not wrong. Take a look at some research that has been done. This is a real issue. There are definitely those that are the exception as you mentioned but the problem does exist. Please do your research.

Jen

Yes it is true, definitely about battery chicken farms; however what about the farms that are supposedly "grass-fed, free-range, organic" chicken farms? Do they count too?

Jody

To help answer your question, the original ASPCA email states: "Did you know that 99% of chickens raised for food—even many labeled 'organic' or 'free range'...." I'll be buying nothing but that which is locally produced and verifiable. I guess there are all kinds of people, even in the organic community, so, sadly, some producers follow market trends just because there's money to be made, and not for ethical reasons.

Luis

Some farmers do not care about their animals,all they care is about the profit.

17 yr old aggie

I would like to point out that profit is a direct consequence of care. Think of it this way... if you were manufacturing and selling computers would you leave out parts or break the keyboard and crack the screen? The answer is no, you wouldn't because nobody would purchase your product and you have no way to make a living... If we do not provide the best possible care for our animals we lose money and risk not being able to provide for ourselves and our families (yes I said family, 98% of all US farms are family owned). I am not here to downgrade anyone and I am not trying to pull you one way or another, I just ask you to please research both sides of the argument and base your thinking on what you feel to be the true facts. Thank you

Marsha

You are but one state - what about the others - I'll bet you don't have dog fights there either

falongi

Of course we don't have dogfights. Are you saying you do. If so you are low life coward that has no heart

Marsha

I am no coward - but anyone that can say that they don't have animals in their states that are not mistreated and that disgusting things don't take place are living in a make believe world

Carol

I agree Marsha, but when we find these crimes, we need the enforceable laws to stop them. And the punishment should be harsh.

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