We hear it from people all the time: Chicken meat is healthy. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, it’s dangerously false. Here’s why.
Chicken meat is a breeding ground for foodborne illnesses. Salmonella sickens more than 1 million people each year and results in more hospitalizations and deaths than any other foodborne illness.
Your odds of getting this disgusting sickness increase significantly when you eat chicken. Why? The USDA reports that around 25 percent of all cut-up chicken meat and about 50 percent of all ground chicken meat sold in stores is contaminated with salmonella.
Additionally, chicken meat is loaded with shit. That’s right. It contains actual fecal matter. In 2001, the USDA reported that 90 percent of defects found in chicken carcasses at slaughter plants involved “visible fecal contamination that was missed by company employees.”
If salmonella or fecal contamination doesn’t leave you feeling queasy, consider this: Today’s chicken meat is more fattening than ever.
On modern farms, chickens raised and killed for meat have been bred to grow so big, so fast, they often become immobilized under their own weight and endure debilitating pain.
Breeding chickens to grow at this unnatural rate also causes muscular myopathies. These lead to white striping, which in turn creates nutritional problems, such as fatty muscle meat. In fact, chicken meat sold today has 224 percent more fat and 9 percent less protein.
Chickens comprise 95 percent of land animals raised and killed for food in the U.S. They also lead some of the most miserable lives of all farmed animals. What’s more, no federal law protects animals during their lives on factory farms. 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.
Watch the extreme cruelty exposed by this Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a Perdue factory farm in North Carolina.
Fortunately, you can help stop all this by switching to a healthy and compassionate vegan diet.
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