We have a soft spot for chickens: they’re feathery and friendly, curious and even cuddly. And did you know they experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, associated with dreaming? But nearly 9 billion birds in this country are not living a dream. They’re suffering on overcrowded, unsanitary factory farms, bred to grow in such rapid, unnatural ways that they often collapse and spend much of their lives lying in their own waste.
At the ASPCA, we’re fighting to change this—but we need your help.
The chicken-meat industry calls September National Chicken Month, so it’s the perfect time to use your voice and take a stand for more humanely raised, healthier chickens:
1. Check out our new video, “The Professor,” to learn what’s gone wrong in chicken farming and what can be done about it:
3. Spread the word. Let your friends and family know that September is National Chicken Month and there’s a lot they can do to help! Join us on Friday, September 12 at 3:00 P.M. (Eastern time) for a special Twitter chat using the hashtag #ChickenMonth. And be sure to spread the word on your social channels using the sample post below!
Chickens suffer on factory farms and they deserve better! Join @ASPCA and take action: truthaboutchicken.org #ChickenMonth
Thirty days and three powerful ways to help billions of animals. Cluck yeah!
Chicken Scratch is an ASPCA Blog feature that highlights interesting news about farm animals and farm animal welfare.
A new farm animal welfare policy has been put in place by Nestlé, one of the world’s largest food companies and the parent company of Purina pet food. The policy [PDF] prohibits veal crates, gestation crates, battery cages, certain physical alterations without pain relief, and pledges to focus on reviewing ”fast-growing practices” in poultry. The shift comes shortly after an undercover exposé by animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals revealed animal abuse at dairy farms supplying Nestlé. We’re optimistic that the company’s new commitment to improve the quality of life for animals in the food system will encourage other corporations to do the same.
Silicon Valley has long been a hub for high-tech innovators, but now it’s a group of forward-thinking foodies who are starting to shake up the Valley with innovative meat alternatives. A handful of local start-ups are “Rethinking Eating” and going as far as creating “meat” and “eggs” from plants or cultured animal tissue.
Wool you get a load of that?! A partnership between a non-profit farm and a New York state park preserve uses privately owned ewes to mow and maintain publicly managed land. The project will eventually add sheep to its roster of “employees,” if you will, who can “help control invasive species and improve soil health.” A similar project is also starting in New York City with three tiny lambs who will be delivered to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
A few weeks ago, we shared an Urgent Alert about the dangers of leaving dogs in parked cars on hot days. What we didn’t know at the time, though, was just how urgent the situation truly is.
According to a new poll conducted by the ASPCA, an overwhelming majority of adults—93 percent—who have never encountered a dog in a car on a hot day said they would do something to help, but of those adults who actually faced such a situation, only 63 percent took action.
“Taking decisive action when you see a dog left in a hot car is critical during these warm months,” said Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. “There is a startling gap between those who state they would act and those who actually did something when faced with the reality of a dog at risk.”
The nationwide telephone survey also revealed the following findings:
51 percent of those who saw or heard a dog in a hot car made attempts to look for the owner, making it the most common action taken
24 percent said they made attempts to rescue the dog themselves and 23 percent called the police
Women were much more likely than men to have taken action (75 percent versus 58 percent) after seeing a dog in a hot car
When an animal is in danger of overheating, your actions can literally mean the difference between life and death. We hope that you will make a commitment to act whenever you encounter a dog alone in a hot car—and you can start by taking our pledge today.
Pixie is an energetic pup who has a lot of love to give—especially to her favorite people! She may come across as shy at first, but don’t be fooled. Once she gets to know you, this pretty lady will stick by your side like glue.
Whether going for a jog or playing with other dogs her size, Pixie loves to get plenty of playtime and exercise. This busy girl is in a hurry to get to where she’s going and would do best with an experienced adopter who is willing to spend time running around with her. Pixie would fit in well in an adults-only home. Adopt Pixie today!
Pixie 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 Pixie, please visit her profile page.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since more than 300 dogs were rescued from lives of misery and horror in one of the largest federal dog fighting busts in U.S. history. The August 2013 raid spanned Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas, and resulted in ten arrests and the rescue of 367 dogs, ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years.
The dogs were left to suffer in extreme heat, with no visible fresh water or food, and some were tethered by chains and cables attached to cinder blocks and car tires.
What a difference a year makes. Thanks in large part to the incredible efforts of countless organizations* and volunteers, many of the dogs are now enjoying carefree lives of comfort in the loving arms of families who adore them. We’ve told you some of their stories (who can forget Timmy, the poster pup?) but to mark the one-year anniversary of the dogs’ freedom, we have a few more updates complete with adorable photos. Please enjoy and share these inspiring happy tails using the hashtag #367rescue.
Arabelle Sharon N. was volunteering with Plenty of Pit Bulls in Gainesville, Florida, when she heard about Arabelle, a senior dog and one of several who had been used as a breeder. “I have a soft spot for the seniors and couldn’t wait to meet her,” Sharon says. “It was love at first sight for both of us. I spent some time with her in her kennel and when I got up to leave, she got up and barked as if to say, ‘please don’t go.’” It was the first time since the rescue that anyone had heard Arabelle bark. This lucky lady adores her new family, including her canine siblings, and loves life and everything it has to offer her. Sharon adds: “From the moment we arrived at the house, it was as if she had been waiting her whole life for a home of her own.”
Hope (FKA Mabel) Mabel was one of six dogs recently transported to the Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, Kansas to find her forever home. Mabel’s stay at Great Plains SPCA didn’t last long—three days after her arrival, Lisa G. saw Mabel on the local news station and immediately contacted the shelter expressing interest in adopting the rambunctious pooch. When Lisa saw that Mabel’s shelter ID collar read “923,” she smiled. It was the same as her birthday, 9/23. “It was meant to be,” says Lisa. “We just love her to pieces.”Mabel, now renamed Hope, spends her time with her canine sister, Jasmine, who was a rescued bait dog from a separate dog fighting case, and two human siblings along with Lisa and her husband.
Abby Abby was 3-months-old when Tamara H. became her foster parent through Charleston Animal Society (CAS) last October. Tamara was told that Abby came from a cruelty case, but that the specifics couldn’t be disclosed. She knew it was likely a dog fighting case. Although Tamara already had two dogs—a Chow-Shepherd mix and a hound—and hadn’t planned on adopting another, she knew soon after bringing Abby home that she wouldn’t be able to give her back. When CAS contacted Tamara to ask if she would like to keep Abby or bring her back to CAS to be made available for adoption, Tamara came in immediately to sign the adoption papers and make her forever home official.
* We want to extend a special thanks to the many volunteers and organizations (listed below) that have partnered with us over the past year, especially those agencies that have adopted out more than 10 dogs from the case: Thank you, Humane Society of Calvert County, Charleston Animal Society, Humane Society of Pinellas, Plenty of Pitbulls and Atlanta Humane Society!