For many people, red meat is the first thing to be eliminated from their diets. Unfortunately, that often means that they end up eating more chicken.
Here’s how switching to chicken hurts more animals:
While all farmed animals experience tremendous suffering, chickens lead some of the most miserable lives of all farmed animals, and comprise 95 percent of the animals raised and killed for food in the U.S.
Multiple undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals at chicken farms throughout the country have exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including birds bred to grow so fast they become crippled under their own weight, workers violently punching, beating, and stabbing animals, and birds having their heads ripped off while they are still alive and conscious.
See for yourself:
It probably goes without saying, but because chickens are much smaller animals, many more of them need to be killed to get the same poundage of other meats. In fact, it takes more than 200 chickens to produce the same amount of meat as just one cow!
Unfortunately, not a single federal law provides protection to animals during their lives on factory farms, and the law that’s supposed to protect animals at the slaughterhouse, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, only extends to cows and pigs, leaving chickens with virtually no protection from abuse.
Chickens are incredibly intelligent creatures, with the same capacity to feel pain and suffering as the dogs and cats with whom we share our homes. Although they may not be as cute and cuddly as other farmed animals, they are still individuals with needs and desires that shouldn’t be disregarded.
Luckily, we can all take a stand for all animals subjected to cruel factory farm conditions by ditching animal products in favor of healthy, humane alternatives.
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