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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Marli N.

These animals should still be treated humanely and have decent lifecycles.


I can happily condone eating animals; we're omnivores and a purely vegetable diet is difficult to maintain - and, in the modern day, expensive. Eating meat isn't intrinsically morally wrong, it's the way we've turned other living things into simple commodities that is the problem.


Ok, PETA lady... Whatever. Keep trying to force your lifestyle on others. It won't work.
Anyhow, I'm all for humane, ethical treatment of farm animals. Is there a good list of true humane, free range, organically raised, drug free animals? I try to eat less animal protein to do my part to reduce the carbon footprint (less demand, less product, right?), but I do get a (totally normal) meat craving now and then. I'm mostly pescetarian (sp?), but I appreciate a well cooked steak maybe 2 or 3 times a year. I just like to be aware that what I eat isn't causing any suffering and isn't toxic (outside of the ridiculous cholesterol and fat intake).


It never ceases to amaze me that people think that animals raised for humane consumption do not suffer. Are you kidding? How would you like to be torn away from your Mother when you are just a baby? That is, if you were lucky enough to have gotten to stay with her. Male dairy calves are often thrown away to starve and die when they are born. Then how would you like to be loaded onto a truck and hauled off to a slaughter house where if you are lucky you are killed before they eviscerate you and skin you. The unlucky ones do not die and are butchered while still alive. This makes no difference if the animal is raised in a so called "humane" way or not. Geez get a grip. If you eat it-you cause misery for the animal at some point.

J. Gaines

I agree with you Becky 100%


depends, some mothers need their children takin at birth. If I didn't know any different how would I know what to feel bout it, and some animals aren't even their when their young is born. So should we only raise them to eat? I mean when does being humane and being unrealistic bout the world and life become the same? when we get our 51,300 birds on day one most have just hatched that day and a lot still have shell attached to them, they aren't with their mom long enough to establish a strong bond and forget bout her by the next day if not later that day, a hatchling can live without food or water for 7 days after hatch off what the egg provided, this is so if born without a parent they can live long enough to find their own way to food and water in the natural world. that and we show them where everything is like their parent would, instinct tells them how to eat and drink, you don't teach a baby how to suck milk from a tit, they just know how. its like an orphanage we are foster parents. that's like saying an adopted kid born into it can't be and feel the same love as someone from their natural parents... its just ignorant, and slaughter cows stay with their mom till weened, if your dog had pups you going to keep all of them till they die so you don't hurt their feelings? no as soon as their old enough you get rid of them, like you moving out at 18, well I assume you did, but chances are you still live with them cause you have attachment issues. and no cow male or female is just thrown away, have you seen beef prices? a stud bull is quite valuable as meat alone cause they are a higher percent of usable meat, and got to keep some to breed cause you can't have the father breeding the daughters, just like in people it causes birth defects. and sorry but my father has worked in a slaughter house and they are killed b4 they are butchered, usually b4 they even know anything is wrong and there not at a normal farm. shot between the eyes, most the time don't even feel pain and only for a sec if they do but I know that 99% of the time its painless for them. Do some research and visit if not even work for some of those places b4 you open your ignorant mouth... go suck a potato and let the meat eaters and farmers who know first hand what they go thru be in meat eater peace, cause almost every farmer I've met is a moral one and doesn't want to cause their animals any undo pain or stress cause then they don't breed or eat right or become feral things that are hard to deal with and that's bad for business... most you people on here are ignorant to the world and lived a sheltered life. all my animals are treated fairly, I just want to know where's the people to watch karma and life make sure I get treated fair whether I deserve it or not? and to doctor me when I break a leg or get sick or bug bitten? life is cruel and most animals got it easy, I admit some have bad handlers but that's few and far between in this modern age


You people need to grow up and experience life, how come your not protesting diamonds mined by slaves or the slave labor the Chinese use prisoners for to make half the crap you by at walmart? atleast the food only has a short time to suffer, a slave has till naturally dead. people treat eachother inhumanely all the time and for no good reason, atleast the slaughter house is feeding people not just being mean or cruel to sell you crap merchandise you don't need and can live without

T. Fortner

Upton Sinclair, The Jungle. Ever read that?
Maybe your useless rant would be better served if you wrote in the English language.


I totally agree with you too... people need to educate themselves and actually SEE what goes on... IT'S ABSOLUTELY HEART BREAKING...


Dear Carol,

Have you ever thought about how many animals are maimed and killed for your grains for your non meat diet? Millions. Rabbits shredded by shredding machines, prairie dog burrows destroyed as well as them. Mice, anything living in those field. Pat yourself on the back. You're not torturing animals. Oh wait yes you are.

Granted much can be done to stop the senseless torture of argribusiness animals, but think about how many die for yours in a very cruel way. Every step you take, every breath you take kills another living being. But of course cows have lovelier eyes than a fly or lizard. Where does one draw the line?