If you use the BlackBerry Messenger app on iOS, Android or Blackberry devices, you can now support the ASPCA while you communicate with family and friends. For every ASPCA-themed sticker you send, 3-4% of the purchase price goes back to the ASPCA and our fight against animal cruelty.
For the iPhone and Android users out there, you can let your support for the ASPCA take over with ASPCA-themed wallpapers and icons, available on CocoPPa and HipScreens. 3-4% of the purchase price goes back to the ASPCA.
And for the ASPCA supporters who are gamers, you can now customize your Xbox Avatar’s style with ASPCA-themed digital accessories, props and merchandise. 3-4% of the purchase prices goes back to the ASPCA.
Our feathered friends made headlines all year long, from exposés of industry conditions to companies feeling consumer pressure to improve their practices. We’re proud of the part we’ve played in this movement and grateful to you for raising your voice on behalf of the billions of chickens raised each year in this country. Stay tuned in 2015 as we roll out exciting new ways to be involved in the Truth About Chicken. Together we can make a big difference in these animals’ lives!
Here are 14 of the year’s biggest chicken-related stories:
Chickens buried alive (June) Animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing® investigated a Pilgrim’s Corp. chicken farm and found crowding, open wounds, lameness, chickens with mangled legs and workers burying sick birds alive in pits.
Tainted meat in China (July) A chicken processor supplying McDonald’s, Papa John’s, Burger King, and KFC restaurants in China found itself at the center of a scandal when a video surfaced showing workers repackaging expired meat and doctoring food-production dates.
Our dish of choice...chicken in chlorine sauce? (August) Europeans are so opposed to the common U.S. practice of bathing chicken carcasses in chlorine to kill bacteria that it became a sticking point in August negotiations over a free trade deal between the U.S. and Europe.
Nestlé gets nicer to farm animals (August) Nestlé announced an industry-leading animal welfare program that will eliminate many inhumane but standard practices within its food supply chain, including raising fast-growing chickens for meat.
A study on giant chickens freaked people out (October) A photograph in Poultry Science comparing modern chickens to those of the 1950s went viral. The underlying study detailed health problems facing today’s genetically manipulated birds, which include bone, heart, and immune system issues.
Consumer demand drives big chicken companies to drop the drugs (October) Tyson Foods and Perdue announced that they will no longer use antibiotics in their chicken hatcheries. It is industry practice to inject drugs into eggs and add it to feed to prevent diseases caused by the filthy conditions on factory farms.
Dirty birds in the UK (November) Scandal hit the British poultry industry when 8 out of 10 pieces of UK chicken sampled were found to be contaminated with Campylobacter, a strain of bacteria that causes food poisoning.
Horrendous conditions at a Koch Foods supplier exposed (November) Mercy for Animals (MFA) released footage from a Koch Foods supplier farm showing filthy, crowded sheds, violent abuse of birds during catching and slaughter, and birds boiled alive rather than stunned properly. MFA alleges that the farm supplies Chick-fil-A, but the chicken restaurant denies having done business with Koch since spring 2013.
One Perdue farmer speaks out (December) A Perdue contract farmer, Craig Watts, opened his doors to Compassion in World Farming to expose the inhumane conditions Perdue requires of farmers, as well as the welfare consequences of intense, selective breeding for growth.
The hug felt ‘round the world (April) In the face of a lot of depressing news, almost 2 million people watched a chicken hug it out with a sweet little boy.
As 2014 winds down, we want to take a moment to thank you for all that you’ve done for animals this year. Because of your unwavering support, we were able to save more lives and care for more animals than ever before.
This video is a thank you for all you helped us accomplish this year. We hope you enjoy it.
Kim is a sweet and sensitive pup. This pretty girl is shy around new people and might need a little time to warm up to her new surroundings—but once she gets to know you, she won’t leave your side! Kim loves to play and would make a great companion on your daily runs.
This lady already knows “sit” and would love to have you teach her a few more tricks. Kim is uncomfortable around other dogs and can be nervous when having her food bowl or bone approached. Our Behavior team can walk you through the best ways to help Kim learn to share. This sweet girl would be thrilled to go home with an experienced and patient adopter as the only dog in the household. Adopt Kim today!
Kim is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Kim, please visit her profile page.