Because chickens are much smaller than pigs or cows, many more of them need to be killed to get the same poundage of meat. Comprising 95 percent of the land animals raised and killed for food in the U.S., chickens also lead some of the most miserable lives of all farmed animals.
But that’s just the beginning.
Shockingly, not a single federal law protects animals during their lives on factory farms. What’s more, the law that’s supposed to protect animals at the slaughterhouse, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, doesn’t extend to birds, leaving chickens with virtually no protection from abuse.
Countless undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals at chicken farms have documented workers violently punching, beating, and stabbing animals, and ripping off their heads while the birds were still alive and conscious.
See for yourself:
Chickens are incredibly intelligent animals, who are capable of passing down information from generation to generation and recognizing more than 100 individual faces, not only of their fellow chickens but also of humans. They even understand that recently hidden objects still exist. This is beyond the capability of a two-year-old child.
Without legislation to protect these birds, it’s up to companies to implement impactful animal welfare standards, and up to consumers to do away with products of extreme animal suffering.
Fortunately, with amazing plant-based products hitting store shelves all the time, replacing chicken with humane meat-free alternatives has never been easier!
Click here for a list of our favorite chicken substitutes.