A disturbing new article from The Washington Post highlights the effects of selective breeding on the anatomy of chickens over the last 60 years. Birds that weighed around two pounds in the 1950s are now bred to weigh more than nine pounds.
And it’s only getting worse.
"If people keep eating more and more chicken, chickens will probably have to get even bigger," said Dr. Michael Lilburn, a professor at Ohio State University's Poultry Research Center. "We'll have to increase the proportion of breast meat in each bird, too."
According to the article, that’s because white meat is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Such unnaturally large breasts result in crippling deformities and lameness.
Two recent undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals exposed the horrific cruelty suffered by chickens raised and killed for meat.
See for yourself:
Like the taste of chicken but don’t want to contribute to this disgusting abuse? Why not try vegan versions of chicken that taste delicious and are widely available? Look for products by Gardein and Beyond Meat the next time you go food shopping. And if you don’t see them, it might be because your supermarket makes its own plant-based meats.
For more information on a humane, meat-free diet, visit ChooseVeg.com.
Image: University of Alberta Meat Control / The Washington Post