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International Respect for Chickens Day May 4, 2011

International Respect for Chickens Day May 4, 2011
by Joanna K Ara

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Chickens are the most abused animals on the planet.

Ninety-nine 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.

Chickens are 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.
At the 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!

Some Numbers:

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 Living.
Go Veg or at least reduce the use of meat.

Please 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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