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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hey awfuljackass. The reson why people get fat is because you stupid, uneducated greedy farmers feed chickes and cows hormones that make them fat and antibiotics. When humans and dogs eat non organic certified chicken, they are faced with synthetic hormones which cause cancer and a resistance to are a jackass! Screw you and farmers that feed animals hormones ad antibiotics....I won't eat your crap!


I know someone who owns a factory chicken farm. Everything the ASPCA says is true. Anyone who doesn't believe it should get educated. There is no excuse for what we do to animals that are raised for food. I've given up meat because I've seen the undercover investigation videos and cannot justify supporting such an industry.


To stop this kind of animal abuse, from my perspective, is stop CONSUMING..

Is anybody going to stop buying those huge portions of food at the restaurants and leave half of that meal?

Can we educate ourselves to eat less? save leftovers? to buy only what we really need?



I read an article for a chicken franchise. They are so cruel to their chickens, I refuse to eat their food.If everyone would refuse to eat because of the cruel way they treat thei chickens, maybe they would be more humane.

Howard Houston

One only has to look in the grocery stores to notice that the chickens being sold are not overly fat or large. I have seen bigger chicken bodies in China. Chicken meat is a healthy meat for human beings. Over eating contributes to obesity not just eating any meat. OVER EATING and lack of exercise contributes to obesity not eating meat. Chickens are extremely aggressive animals with very small brains.They will eat anything off the ground or peck to death other chicks or other chickens. Studies in New Zealand, Europe,China and the US show that free range chickens and their eggs suffer more from toxic concentrations of heavy metals and salmonella than housed chickens. Chickens in family crates suffer less stress and disease than free roaming chickens. The idea that the crates are so small that the chickens cannot spread their wings is a lie. The cages are 4 to 5 feet in length and 2 to 3 feet wide. Chickens are not kept in the size cages purported by animal rights cults whose agenda is a vegan world. The reason chickens are raised in sterile housing environments is because the public was dying from salmonella and bird flu found in free range chickens. This housing is well thought out protection to alleviate stress and disease from the chickens during their lives. It is the best protection. The only way the animal rights cults can get rid of eating meat is to defame all farmers and persuade the public that meat is bad for them, thus, they put out fake studies that meat kills which was written by two vegans who never did a study in their lives and just made one up. These people are dangerous and you only need to know that 12 million children die each year from a lack of high quality protein found only in meat products. Its time to educate yourselves about food you really need to eat to stay healthy and stop listening to propaganda.


Hello. I just read this article and I am shocked. I am just now informing myself on food and the industry we have here in US and there is so much info, it makes me not want to eat! What kind of chicken would be a safe chicken to eat?


I'm trying to sign the petition but link times out. I get error 504 error, Gateway time-out. Can you fix????


link to website not working

Mary Ann Pinto

I am a vegetarian, and responsible for the health and welfare of my partially meat eating family. I no longer purchase or prepare chicken for their consumption. The "processing" of chickens is so fraught with unsanitary practices all I suspect in the speed of presenting the "product" to the public. I commend the growers who support and continue humane conditions for their animals, along with proper nutrition. We need to address both sides of this problem.


In Australia we have a wonderful animal protection called the RSPCA that I am a life member of Can't the powers that be irrespective of their name take offenders through the juridical system to eradicate these barbaric conditions?