A new report discusses how society got to the point where chickens are “the single most severe example of man’s inhumanity to another sentient animal.” A few excerpts:
She’s a juvenile, but the size of her body has outgrown the capacity of her bones and joints, muscles, and organs to support it, says John Webster, professor emeritus of animal husbandry at the University of Bristol.
“If [broilers] weren’t killed at 42 days, they wouldn’t survive another two weeks,” he says.
During the last days of their lives, about a third of broiler chickens suffer leg problems so severe they struggle to walk. Factory-farm workers move through buildings to collect dead birds and break the necks of lame ones. Survivors huddle on the floor, trapped by their own bodies. Unable to escape the pain, they lie in litter strewn with their own waste. Ammonia burns their breasts and often blisters their skin and feet.
The inherent and overwhelming suffering caused by the modern chicken industry, combined with these five facts, is why we are focused on maximal harm reduction.
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