When Perdue contract chicken farmer Craig Watts got wind of a promotional video in which Perdue claims all of its chickens are “humanely raised,” he had had enough.
Watts knew from his own experience raising chickens for the company that Perdue’s birds were suffering.
So he called animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming to document on video the suffering endured by Perdue’s chickens. For example, birds are not allowed outside so they never breathe fresh air or see sunlight, birds live their entire lives walking on feces, and leg deformities from unnatural growth rates are common.
The video caught the attention of Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times who had this to say about it:
Torture a single chicken and you risk arrest. Abuse hundreds of thousands of chickens for their entire lives? That’s agribusiness. ...... I don’t know where to draw the lines. But when chickens have huge open bedsores on their undersides, I wonder if that isn’t less animal husbandry than animal abuse.
Take a moment and watch the short video from Watts’s farm:
Sadly, this is the tragic reality for billions of chickens who are raised and killed on factory farms each year.
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(Photo: REUTERS/Randall Hill)