Chickens Used For Meat

Chickens Used For Meat

On factory farms, these sensitive creatures spend their lives in small battery cages, crowded in with several other chickens. Chickens used for meat have been selectively bred to grow at an unnatural rate, leading to difficulty standing and walking. They are often slaughtered at just 42 days old.

  • Chickens used for their meat are packed into huge, ammonia filled warehouses with tens of thousands of other birds and their beaks and parts of their toes are cut off without any pain medication.
  • Chickens used for food are just babies (around 45 days old) when they are killed for their meat. They are often heard still “peeping” at slaughter.
  • The slaughter of birds is unregulated. Their little feet are thrust into shackles and hung upside down before being stunned
    by electrocution and dragged across a mechanized saw that cuts their throats. They are fully conscious during this terrifying and painful process.

What about “free range” or organic?

“Free range” birds are still confined to large, dark sheds with tens of thousands of other birds. Organically raised chickens on many farms suffer from higher mortality rates than drugged chickens because extremely crowded, filthy housing conditions, coupled with a lack of antibiotics can lead to even more parasites than are already found in drugged chickens.

What to do now that you know?

The single biggest thing you can do to stop this suffering is to join the millions of compassionate people who are reducing or eliminating chicken from their diet. For ideas and resources please visit our Living Cruelty Free page.

© Mercy For Animals
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4017764749_a5968a3053_oOn factory farms, these sensitive creatures spend their lives in small battery cages, crowded in with several other chickens. Chickens used for meat have been selectively bred to grow at an unnatural rate, leading to difficulty standing and walking. They are often slaughtered at just 42 days old.

  • Chickens used for their meat are packed into huge, ammonia filled warehouses with tens of thousands of other birds and their beaks and parts of their toes are cut off without any pain medication.
  • Chickens used for food are just babies (around 45 days old) when they are killed for their meat. They are often heard still “peeping” at slaughter.
  • The slaughter of birds is unregulated. Their little feet are thrust into shackles and hung upside down before being stunned
    by electrocution and dragged across a mechanized saw that cuts their throats. They are fully conscious during this terrifying and painful process.
© Mercy For Animals

Dead chicken in cage

What about “free range” or organic?

“Free range” birds are still confined to large, dark sheds with tens of thousands of other birds. Organically raised chickens on many farms suffer from higher mortality rates than drugged chickens because extremely crowded, filthy housing conditions, coupled with a lack of antibiotics can lead to even more parasites than are already found in drugged chickens.

What to do now that you know?

The single biggest thing you can do to stop this suffering is to join the millions of compassionate people who are reducing or eliminating chicken from their diet. For ideas and resources please visit our Living Cruelty Free page.

*Livestock Slaughter – 2013 Summary. National Agricultural Statistics Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

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