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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Camille, thank you for your truthful comments. I too feel the same way.

Maria Williams

Amen to that! God did not create animals to be sadistically tortured by people and God did not create people to treat animals the way they are treated.

Victor Lazlo

Regarding religion (i.e. God) and the eating of animals, there is widespread mention of eating animals in all Western religious texts--e.g. lead the lamb to the slaughter, the fatted calf, etc. There is nothing "divine" in being a vegetarian. It is simply a choice you make.

Camille DiMasi

The Bible contains strict rules governing the treatment of farmed animals, and indeed all of God’s creatures, which were designed to prevent any unnecessary pain and suffering. Modern day animal agriculture violates core Christian values. It wipes out entire populations and species of wildlife, confines huge numbers of animals in miserable conditions on factory farms, damages the environment, squanders scarce resources, and harms the health of people.

Marli N.

Yes that's right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bless you for your truthful well-spoken words.


Being lead to the slaughter like a lamb , was meant for humans to wake up and make GOD their savior. So we aren't lead to a horrible death like the poor innocent lamb. We are to be care takers of God's creatures.... And not to abuse them or use them for our own greed !

anonymous bitch

how about you do some research yourself?


To whom are you addressing your comment? If it is to me I can assure you that I have invested hours and days and weeks of research on the abuse that goes on in factory farms and the horse slaughter industry. So I think I can speak from a solid base of information. Of course you may have been addressing someone else.

Lois K. Smith

Why, in the name of God, would you post under the name of "anonymous bitch"? Are you so afraid to use your own name?

Camilla DiMasi and Marli N. - I agree 100% with you.

Lois K. Smith

Why, in the name of God, would you post under the name of "anonymous bitch"? Are you so afraid to use your own name?

Camilla DiMasi and Marli N. - I agree 100% with you.