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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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Too funny! Native American is NOT English. Pick up a history book. The English language comes from Europe!


You, sir, are a ignorant, stupid, racist son of a b**** who should probably use growth hormones on your own kids and see how you like to watch them suffer? Yeah. not so nice, is it? #helpthechickens


geez c.farmer the dude was partly agreeing with you...and aspca does not say they are talking about every single chicken must know how disgustingly cruel many chicken facilities are...and I ask if you feel the aspca are so un-knowledgeable why are you on the website to begin with...maybe a troll?


my apology c.farmer i thought you made the un knowledgeable comment...i take that back with shame...


C.farmer...go back to your farm. The comment was unnecessary and rude.


but he is right. I live in Arkansas and peco inspects and tests our chickens and practices weekly and without warning so you never know when your fieldman will show to make a report. Until you've seen it first hand and raised a 17,000 bird house you have no idea what you're actually protesting cause our chickens live damn good and if they get hurt or to big to walk ( and that would mean they would starve and not be fat cause they can't move from the food to the water) then we humanely cull them according to strict guidelines set by vet's specialized in commercial animal care. Stop spreading the ignorance and shut it till you've seen it first hand, I invite anyone to come to my chicken houses and say our birds are mistreated!!!!


I commend the farmers who do it right! Having raised just a dozen or so chickens, just for the eggs, it is hard work to care for them and give them plenty of room to roam. You seem to be doing everything right, as I am sure many farmers are. I have great respect for farmers, without whom we would not be able to eat grain, vegetables, fruit, fowl, fish (yes, ther are fish farms, too) livestock and dairy. Thanks for all your hard work.


Don't go away mad, just go away and don't come back until you are either civilized or have made the effort to learn 2nd language. Fortunately
most farmers I know don't share your attitudes.


I share the attitude,... and do u know a 2nd language? i'm assuming not... Do you or have you raised animals commercially? if not then go home and learn to speak native or get the fuck out,!


English may be her second language. I understood the comment; none of us is perfect. Be kind to humans and all the animals :)