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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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You are completely wrong about this. Growers in Georgia support humane conditions for their animals. You people are the most NON KNOWLEDGEABLE people on the earth. Get out and get a life and support your farmers. They are the salt of the earth.


she not mention georgia but i see some commercial the way the treat animal is desporable


Is this english ? What are you trying to say ?


Really? CFarmer don't be so rude


Really, dude. See how easy it is to speak, let alone write in a language other than your own before you judge. People who make the effort should be applauded, not insulted. Can we see a list of true "free range, cage free, natural chickens" somewhere?


no u won't see cageless or free range cause they would run off or be ate or worse by predators... can u show me a free range or leashless dog? no u can't they get put in a cage in a shelter and then killed, he is right you're ignorant to the way the world and natural food chain works. I raise chickens commercially, 51,300 birds to be exact, and yeah they only live 9 weeks till slaughter and get fat as hell but so does 1 in 6 obese people, should we stop letting them eat so they don't get health problems? our chickens always have access to food, water and fresh air... they have a pretty good life with no knowledge of predators and rarely get sick. Hell I wish my life was that easy and worry free!!!!

Kathy k

First of all... the username indicates that you recognize the fact that you're an awful person--so I guess that's not news to you.

Second of all, there's a difference when the animal (whether it be human, dog, chicken, etc) does not even have a choice in the matter. And, yes, obese people do have health risks as well, and that's why there are numerous campaigns and programs out there to educate those people about potential problems, and how to change their lifestyle. Chickens don't have a choice. What happened to the days when people actually respected the animals that provided them food and nourishment? Obviously you lack any of that respect.

Oh, and dogs ARE supposed to be free range or leashless--what do you call a family pet? Anyone who has a dog locked in a cage all day is or denies it a quality life is committing neglect... and therefore animal abuse. Welcome to the more educated days, mister--where science has proven that animals have emotions and feel the same kind of pain that people do. You shouldn't be allowed to have access to any animal--pet or agricultural. Why don't you stick to growing vegetables.

Mary S

The better question you jackass is should we give human babies growth hormones so they grow so fast that their hearts and lungs and feet and legs could not support them? Since this is fine for your 51k chickens. You must think people are stupid. Well not all. I say groth hormone for all you family's babies. Then lets talk. How many people agree?


Your distorted and make no sense. But people who just want to justify what they do...usually do just that


ur name is the best name i have ever seen in my life which is 9999 years and dont u be callin me old jeez