photo of large, industrial poultry farm and the inhumane lack of room for the animals to move around even to the slightest degree

Animal Farming – (The Poultry Industry) We Must Be Their Voice

 by J. Lee

Horrors of Animal Farming – The Poultry Industry

This story exposes the horrors on poultry farms. Writing it was heartbreaking, but it is a story that needs to be told. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries.

Animal farming often exploits animals in an inhumane and overcrowded environment. The sad fact is unnecessary suffering occurs when profits are put above humane treatment of living beings.

Before you buy poultry find out if the animal was acquired from an animal farm that have been cited for animal cruelty, if chickens are raised free range, are they cage free and what their diet is.

Abuses are cruel and rampant in America and throughout the world. Undercover videos and rescue groups have provided some relief for suffering animals.

Sadly managers who should intercede to save animals from abuse have been named as abusers with co-workers they were supposed to be supervising. Instead of stopping it, they were part of the abuse.

Videos have created change in the right direction. Until abuse is discovered animals will continue to suffer.

(WARNING: GRAPHIC) “Shell to Hell” Video – Chicks Crushed, Drowned, and Burned to Death for Eggs and Meat – Over the years and around the world, PETA has exposed cruelty to animals raised for their eggs and meat. Now, video obtained by PETA India from Anonymous for Animal Rights taken inside several of India’s hatcheries and farms reveals that workers callously tossed live chicks who were sick, deformed, “low-grade,” or male—deemed worthless by the industry—into trash bins, grinders, fire pits, and even fish ponds to be eaten alive.

(WARNING: GRAPHIC) Jun 12, 2017 – The BC SPCA received the video on Friday, and it reportedly shows workers and even a supervisor carrying out appalling acts …

… “The video includes some of the most brutal and sadistic acts of violence against animals I have ever seen,” said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, in a statement. “It is extremely difficult to watch.”

(WARNING: GRAPHIC) Foster Farm Fresno, CA – Voiced by retired game-show host Bob Barker, the video’s voiceover states that the “meat from these animals is sold bearing the American Humane Certified label…don’t buy that lie.”

Female chicks are debeaked and male chicks are either gassed to death or minced alive.

The poultry industry changed to increase profits with no consideration for chickens. There are many facts the industry does not want you to know.

Another form of cruelty is how chickens are processed for rapid and unnatural weight gain. Chickens are kept in overcrowded areas where they are abnormally fattened up. Most of the time they are unable to move. Workers often crush them as they walk throughout their overcrowded enclosures.

According the story ‘Why Have Chickens Quadrupled In Size Since The 1950s? they say birds are raised and killed in half the time as they were in 1950. Hormones and steroids are illegal in the U.S. poultry industry. Most farmer’s use antibiotics as growth agents as an approved alternative.

The DoDo: But according to Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection of The Humane Society of the United States, that problem is far from solved.

“Chickens in the meat industry are sentenced to a lifetime suffering because of genetic manipulation that forces them to grow so rapidly,” he told The Dodo. “All you need to do is go look at a shed of broiler chickens more than a month old. Most have difficulty walking and often collapse under their own weight.”

PETA: Poultry and Eggs: Industries That Abuse Chickens – To keep up with demand and reduce production costs, genetic selection and a steady dose of growth-promoting drugs are used to ensure large, fast-growing birds. Today, most chicks take only six to seven weeks to reach “processing” weight, and chickens raised for meat weigh an average of one-fifth more than those raised in the 1950s.

This story is not to convince anyone to go vegan or vegetarian. The purpose to to open your eye to the plight of animals used in animal farming. Eating chicken and their eggs is still an option. My hope is you will consider the supplier. Are they cruel or kind?

Wikipedia  -Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan (pronounced VEE-gan).

Wikipedia – Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, (red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal), and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter.

There is something we all can do whether we become activists, support organizations, contact legislators or sign petitions. Doing something is a good first start. To help you get started here are seven organizations you can contact to learn more and how you can get involved. I have included a petition you can sign. Thanks for caring!

 7 All-Star Organizations Fighting for Farm Animal Protection:

1. Mercy For Animals

2. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

3 United Poultry Concerns

4. Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)

5. Vegan Outreach

6. Farm Sanctuary

7. Compassion Over Killing

Sign the Petition – Egg Farmers of Canada – Stop Allowing Millions of Boy Chicks To Be Ground Up Every Year

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