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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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NiFi

I find it annoying when people can't speak their mind without someone calling them a freak. Maybe these believes are not yours, but what are we children on the playground?

Anonymous

Youre right, I'm just tired of people attacking meat-eaters. It's ignorant and serves no purpose to the discussion. People are always going to eat meat so lets just talk about how it can be done humanely.

NiFi

agreed :)

Patricia Ogino

I agree with Anonymous, let's focus on how raising animals for consumption can be done humanely.......Way more people are cruel with greed then humane. It would help if more people could put the effort in and investigate their purchase to avoid buying from inhumane breeders to help get the message out to them that we are not going to buy their products but this would only make an impact if a lot of people did it......and sadly their is soooo many people who just don't care.

Deborah

Amen NiFi. I also wrote a comment about the use of the word freak when you disagree with someone. I can only assume the writer has a limited vocabulary and is unable to express an opinion without resorting to name calling. The main theme of this forum is the atrocities happening in factory farms.

Anonymous

Deborah, pay attention to the conversation. I do not have a limited vocabulary just tired of people attacking meat-eaters. If you read my reply to Nifi you'll see I was the one who made the point that we should be talking about how to do this humanely not attacking meat-eaters.

Maria Williams

Like most people, I grew up eating steak, chicken, hot dogs, eggs, etc and didn't think anything of it until I came across video of factory farm animals not only being "raised" and slaughtered inhumanely but being tortured by workers. This runs ramped around the world. Hence, eating animals is condoning their torturous, agonizing, miserable lives. I have seen love and contentment from my dogs and cats and then I have seen sheer agony from animals living on factory farms. Animals are beings capable of reproducing and they feel pain physically, they feel torment, they are afriad, more like petrified of people who mistreat them and the list goes on so I understand Carol's statement about eating animals is being inhumane. Yes, animals do eat one another in the wild but people are not animals and people can choose to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet and do things like not wear fur, leather, suede and so on. Like me, Carol is a very loving, caring and compassionate human being who realized the torment animals go through to end up on your plate, on your feet, on your wallet, on your coat and so on.

awfuljackass

Saying people aren't animals is just ignorance and lack of true scientific knowledge, the same knowledge that showed you what plants you have to eat to give you the same nutrition as one piece of meat, saying we're not animals would be like saying dogs don't have personality's! cause that would make them people not animals. You're just full of yourself and refuse to see the natural side of life, which is the side you're actually supporting when you treat animals right. I raise cattle too and they all have names and personality's too but after twenty years of love and care that they wouldn't get in the animal kingdom it's time for them to earn their keep and feed my family so we can continue to feed theirs... everything is give and take and everything must earn its place or the world would collapse, I mean can I have people feed and clean up and heal me when I'm sick just cause I have a personality? hell no! animals and people were put on earth to provide for everything and maintain life on this planet, its called an ecosystem and without balance it would fail and nothing would live on this planet not even the most basic life form. And if people aren't animals then whose to say plants are plants and can you tell me 100% that a plant can't feel pain? what just cause it doesn't make a sound to let u know that means it doesn't feel? that's like sayin a deaf mute cripple doesn't think cause they can't express their thoughts.

NiFi

A big problem with completely condemning the consumption of meat is that you lose the attention of those who "aren't quite there" in awareness. I think it takes a pretty evolved sensitivity level to realize what you have already and actually take the steps to stop eating meat. If we first take steps to point out the inhumane treatment in farm factories maybe one day we can get people to stop eating animals and animal products; go vegan! That day will be wonderful.

Deborah

The issue at hand is how chickens and other animals are raised for human consumption. I have seen any number of videos showing the horrors of factory farms. Animals spend their entire, albeit short lives in tiny cages. They cannot sit, stand or even roll over. They are prodded with electric probes and their babies are taken from them at birth causing great distress to the baby and the mothers. The conditions of these "farms" is terrible and filthy. The AG-GAG amendment would prohibit any worker in these hell holes from reporting the abuse or face a large fine and possibly jail time. Let's go after these corporations that treat animals so atrociously and not waste our time belittling one another on forums such as this one. Name calllng will benefit no one. Please, a little courtesy and more attention to the evidence.

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