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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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I agree Marsha, but when we find these crimes, we need the enforceable laws to stop them. And the punishment should be harsh.


I am passionate about stopping animal abuse of ANY kind. I am all for helping with any cause in that direction.


I agree. If we don't have enforceable laws with penalties, it not only will continue, but increase. Greed is the motivation. Get them to market as soon as possible.


Thank you Carol, I give to the ASPCA and many other groups that are trying to help and punish those who abuse animals - I also belong to my states Golden retriever rescue and have a golden from a puppy mill that still has problems living in a home. I try to help out as many rescue groups as possible - just wish I could give more. Our laws are not strict enough for animal abuse and if I see an animal being abused I will call it in. It just needs to stop!!!

steve dacquisto

If you believe you don't have dog-fighting in your state you are more than naive.

steve dacquisto

If you believe you don't have dog-fighting in your state you are more than naive.


this organization has staff that are experienced in reporting news like this, because they deal with it first-hand... 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


No, YOU are WRONG. You can't condone eating animals. Don't care how you try to slice it and dice it. Not necessary, unhealthy, inhumane, makes no sense whatsoever except it satisfies the INUMANE human selfishness.


You do realize that we're animals too right? Now that you know that fact, you should also know that other animals (other than us) eat animals to survive as well. Meat just needs to be eaten in moderation like everything else. A LOT LESS than how it's being done today.


Amen, Erik. Carol, you are a freak. There is nothing inhumane about eating animals, its completely natural. You are the one who is unnatural if you do not eat meat and that's fine if that's your choice, but then dont bash meat-eaters.