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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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?

Andrew Gunther

If you want to buy poultry raised on pasture or range and slaughtered in a manner that avoids suffering please feel free to visit

Andrew Gunther

If you want to buy poultry raised on pasture or range and slaughtered in a manner that avoids suffering please feel free to visit

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

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