Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let's Talk about Chickens

More than 30 billion animals are killed by the american meat industy each year - in ways that would horrify any compassionate person and that would be illegal if cats or dogs were the victims.
Chicks have their sensitive beaks cut off with out any painkillers. Most small farms have been replaced by massive corporate-run "factory farms" in which chickens, pigs, turkey and cows are treated like machines instead of living feeding individuals.  All the meat and dairy products you get in the supermarket comes from these disgusting over cramped farms. 

Ammonia levels in chicken farms are so high that the corrosive substance burns the birds lungs and skin.  YOU EAT THAT! More than 99 percent to chickens have the E coli bacteria even before they hit the market because of the filthy conditions they are raised in.

Undercover Investigations: Workers at a Pilgrims Pride slaughterhouse(the largest supplier in the US) were documented stomping on live chickens, spray painting their faces and slamming them into walls. Workers at a butterball slaughterhouse were documented punching and stomping on live turkeys and even sexually assaulting them. Watch the undercover video at

Hens are crammed by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds with five to 11 hens per cage - the cages are so small that the birds can't spread even one wing. 

Chickens are genetically manipulated and dosed with antibiotics to make them grow so large so quickly that they become crippled under their own weight.

Research has proved that chickens are smarter than dogs ,cats and even some primates. In a natural setting a mother hen begins to teach her chicks various calls before they even hatch- she clucks softly to them while sitting on the eggs, and they chirp back to her and to each other from inside their shells. Unfortunately, chickens in the factory farms never met their mothers.

I am tired of people asking me why I choose not to eat meat.  Stop telling me that I don't get enough protein. Do your research. The world is filled with vegetables and nuts that can give you the same amount of protein. Think about what you feed your body with. 

My new T-shirt is going to say,"Save a Chicken, eat a Vegetable!" 


Anonymous said...

I should feel guilty for eating chicken cutlet parm tonight - but it was sooo damn good.

I'm glad you love me enough not to hit me. Or at least I'm too far away for you too. haha

Seriously, I know it's annoying when people ask tons of questions everywhere you go (look at my lifestyle too - people always have a barrage of questions ready). But think of it as an opportunity to educate. You can change the world one person at a time.


Kathy said...

Hi Michelle,
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