And they’re off! More than 72,000 signatures have been collected and delivered to the National Chicken Council urging the trade association to incorporate slower-growing birds and better living conditions into their chicken welfare guidelines.
“Our goal was to reach 50,000 signatures, and we’ve far surpassed that,” says Suzanne McMillan, the ASPCA’s Director of Farm Animal Welfare. “This sends a clear message that people care about the way chickens are treated, and they are standing with us to demand change.”
It’s no surprise that with all this support we’ve been ruffling a few feathers. Just last month the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association created a website that looks just like our Truth About Chicken site—minus much of the truth!
“The chicken industry needs to take animal welfare as seriously as Americans do,” says McMillan. “We’re proud to have such dedicated supporters who understand that chickens deserve better!”
Jennifer B. and her husband visited the ASPCA Adoption Center to adopt a pair of kittens, but kept an open mind and ended up with a two special adult cats with lots of love to give. Jennifer shared her adoption story with us:
We came to the ASPCA looking for kittens and were determined to let the cats choose us. The kittens we met were not a perfect fit for us, so the Adoptions staff asked if we'd like to see some adult cats. We ended up finding our babies in the last cat room—a room full of kitties that had been rescued from a hoarding situation in Brooklyn.
We sat down and waited to see if any of the cats would show interest in us. Phoebe was a little skittish but came right up and started pawing at me for attention. Hurley woke up from a nap and took a minute before claiming a spot on my husband's lap. We thought: This must be them. They chose us.
I was a little worried that visiting the ASPCA might break my heart when I realized I couldn't take them all home. But my anxiety subsided when I saw how nice the Adoption Center is and how well the animals are cared for.
Phoebe and Hurley are two of the most affectionate cats I have ever been around. They love attention and are very social with guests. Phoebe has turned into a little lap cat, while Hurley loves to snuggle. They have fans all over Astoria, and across the country, for that matter. We love them more than words can say.
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Dream has special needs, and he needs a patient adopter to love and take care of him. He has diabetes, and requires injections twice daily. We know that adopting Dream is a significant financial and time commitment, but this little dog has so much love to give in return. He’d do best in a teens-and-up home with experienced adopters and without other dogs around. Adopt Dream today!
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In just two months, more than 100,000 people have signed the ASPCA’s petition calling on the chicken industry to slow growth rates and provide better living conditions! Kudos to you. We are so happy to see the public embracing this issue.
But a funny thing happened in response to this effort. The National Chicken Council—the industry’s trade group—and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association created a website too, and it sure looks familiar! The big difference between their site and our Truth About Chicken website is that they replaced our statements about chicken welfare with their own.
While we’re flattered that these groups took the time and energy to build a website that looks just like ours, we took the liberty of providing some edits. Click on the thumbnail below to take a closer look:
Most of the almost 9 billion chickens raised in this country each year for meat are suffering enormously due to unnaturally fast growth rates and inhumane, unsanitary living conditions. This is bad for chickens and bad for us. With oversight by government almost nonexistent, it’s up to us to push for better treatment of chickens.
That’s why today we delivered our recommendations[PDF] to the National Chicken Council. We’re urging them to incorporate slower growth and better living conditions into their chicken welfare guidelines, which are expected to be released before the end of the year and essentially set the standards for the industry. Please join us by asking the NCC to take this step. Show your support for the ASPCA’s recommendations by visiting The Truth About Chicken and telling the National Chicken Council to get serious about welfare!
Selecting a veterinarian can be a daunting process for some. From convenience and price to competency and compassion, there are a number of factors that you may consider when deciding on a doctor for your pet.
Barbara Glover had many reasons to select the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) as her veterinary practice of choice. She has been an ASPCA adopter and a volunteer for more than 10 years. She has been coming to the ASPCA hospital since 2006 because she trusts the doctors and staff to provide the best care for her special-needs animals.
In 2008, Barbara’s cat Leo had already received treatment for hyperthyroidism and was several months into treatment for small cell lymphoma when Barbara learned that Jazz, the love of her life, had cancer. She began a rigorous course of chemotherapy treatments for him, but knew that it was time to say goodbye a few months later when his mass continued to grow. Barbara says that when the time had come for Jazz, everyone at the ASPCA was so wonderful and so compassionate that saying goodbye to Jazz was one of the most memorable and touching experiences she ever had at the hospital.
Dr. Janice Fenichel, who has been treating Barbara’s cats for years, says Barbara is an amazing client. “She is always right on top of things,” Dr. Fenichel notes. “She is very aware and conscientious and follows through.” She also says that Barbara will go the extra mile for her pets, but knows when to make the hard call.
Barbara has had kitties with a wide range of special needs, including socialization issues, neurological conditions, hip laxity, heart conditions and blindness. Her current kitties—Serena (born with no eyes), Creamsicle (heart disease and a neurological disorder) and Pumpernickel (rear-limb weakness)—all receive buckets of attention from AAH’s staff on every visit, and it’s one of the reasons that Barbara keeps coming back.
When all is said and done, your choice of veterinarian simply needs to “feel right.” Whether it’s the way the staff greets you, or the way the nurse carries your pet into the exam room, or even the way the doctor is able to explain something frightening in a reassuring way, your veterinarian should not only be a medical expert, but a trusted partner in the care of your pets.
Looking for a trusted vet? To make an appointment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, pleasefill out this formor contact us at (646) 259-4080.