International Respect for Chickens Day May 4, 2011
by Joanna K Ara
Chickens are the most abused animals on the planet.
percent of these animals spend their lives in total confinement--from the
moment they hatch until the day they are killed. Chickens raised on factory
farms never have the chance to do anything that is natural or important to
them. A baby chick on a factory farm will never be allowed contact with his
or her parents, let alone be raised by them.
These chickens are deprived
of the chance to take dust baths, feel the sun on their backs, breathe fresh
air, roost in trees, or build nests.
Chickens raised for their flesh,
called "broilers" by the chicken industry, spend their entire lives in
filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, where intense crowding
and confinement lead to outbreaks of disease. They are bred and drugged to
grow so large so quickly that their legs and organs can't keep up, making
heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities common. Many
become crippled under their own weight and eventually die because they can't
reach the water nozzles.
When they are only 6 or 7 weeks old, they are
crammed into cages and trucked to slaughter.
Birds exploited for their
eggs, called "laying hens" by the industry, are crammed together in wire
cages where they don't even have enough room to spread their wings. Because
the hens are crammed so closely together, these normally clean animals are
forced to urinate and defecate on one another. The birds have part of their
sensitive beaks cut off so that they won't peck each other out of
frustration created by the unnatural confinement. After their bodies are
exhausted and their production drops, they are shipped to slaughter,
generally to be turned into chicken soup or cat or dog food because their
flesh is too bruised and battered to be used for much else.
slammed into small crates and trucked to the slaughterhouse through all
weather extremes. Hundreds of millions suffer broken wings and legs from
rough handling, and millions die from the stress of the journey.
slaughterhouse, their legs are forced into shackles, their throats are cut,
and they are immersed in scalding-hot water to remove their feathers.
Almost all chickens are still conscious when their throats are cut, and many
are literally scalded to death in the feather-removal tanks after missing
the throat cutter.
What happens to Male Chickens?
Because the male chicks of
egg-laying breeder hens are unable to lay eggs and are not bred to produce
excessive flesh for the meat industry, they are killed. These young birds
are ground up alive or tossed into bags to suffocate.
Watch and see!
in the United States
More than 8 billion "broiler" chickens and over 270
million turkeys are slaughtered each year
in UK more than 50 billion
chickens are reared annually as a source of food (40 million male chicks)
American meat-eater is responsible for the abuse and deaths of some
2,400 animals, including approximately 2,287 chickens, 92 turkeys, 31 pigs,
and 12 steers and calves.
Please Consider to Choose Cruelty Free
Go Veg or at least reduce the use of meat.
Check My Note on Foie Gras:
Join the Event in Washington, DC
the White House Saturday, May 7, 2011 to
leaflet for chickens.
Hours: Noon to 3pm
Location: The White House,
Lafayette Park & Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
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