Report: Animal Equality
On traditional farms, chickens live a life of pure misery.
They are bred to grow at an alarmingly unnatural rate, which causes leg deformities, organ failure, and heart attacks in these baby birds.
Each flock, which consists of tens of thousands of birds, are kept in dirty, windowless sheds. They are forced to live in their own waste with ammonia levels so concentrated that many suffer from painful chemical burns.
Then these birds are brought to slaughter, they are violently shackled upside down.
Their throats are then slit, often while they’re still conscious.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Over 200 brands in the United States have adopted the “Better Chicken Commitment”, a comprehensive set of welfare reforms that address the worst abuses suffered by chickens on today’s farms.
Even Home Chef’s competitors, including Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Sun Basket, have stepped up and put an end to the most horrific practices.
Pat Vihtelic has the power and responsibility to address the animal cruelty allowed in Home Chef’s chicken supply chain. Please join us in calling on him to eliminate the worst abuses for animals by publicly committing to higher chicken welfare.
Modern chickens are bred to grow so large, so quickly that their legs and organs cannot keep up. Heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities are a common result. Many birds die from not being able to reach their food or water.
As standard industry practice, chickens are forced to live in a completely barren environment.
Because there is no set standard for cleaning the substrate on which they live, ammonia from the urine and feces covers the floor and causes burns on the chickens’ bellies and feet.
They are subjected to near-constant, low-intensity artificial lighting with short periods of continuous darkness and virtually no stimulating resources or ability to perform natural behaviors such as nesting, perching, and foraging.
Most chickens spend their entire lives packed in sheds with tens of thousands of other birds. Such poor stocking density leads to numerous welfare issues, especially when coupled with low cleanliness standards.
When chickens are crammed so tightly together, mobility is decreased because birds have inadequate room to move and the litter becomes soiled very quickly.
The birds who survive the terrible conditions at the farm are shipped to the slaughterhouse where they endure a horrifying death.
Workers shackle the terrified birds upside down by their legs, and because the slaughter process moves so quickly, many birds aren’t properly stunned.
This means that they’re often conscious when their throats are slit and are scalded to death when they reach the scalding tanks.
And I mean…Millions of animals suffer and die every day so that humans can consume meat, milk and eggs.
Around one million chickens, 110,000 pigs and 80,000 cattle are slaughtered every day in Germany alone.
In this industrial housing system, the animals are forced to perform unsustainable
So that “broiler chickens” are “ready for slaughter” in around 33 days, have been bred particularly fast-growing fattening lines with a high percentage of breast meat.
These animals are so torture-bred that they are no longer viable at all.
Around 13 million chickens die before the end of the fattening period because the legs, heart and lungs cannot keep up with the extreme increase in meat. Many animals suffer from crippled legs.
The chickens are “housed” as chicks in huge fattening systems with 40,000 or more conspecifics.
Here they stay for the few weeks that they have to live.
The litter is not changed during the whole time.
The crowded tightness leads to aggression and behavioral disorders. The risk of illness is high.
In order for them to survive these housing conditions as much as possible, almost every broiler is treated with antibiotics during the short and cruel fattening period.
For this reason, their meat is often contaminated with multi-resistant germs.
Through breeding selection, the “chicken” today consists of around 40 percent breast meat.
The animal’s organism cannot cope with this: Towards the end of the fattening period, the animals crouch with inflamed joints and crippled legs, pain-plagued and sick in their faeces.
At the end of the fattening period, the chickens are packed in plastic boxes and driven to the slaughterhouse, where they are stunned with gas or in an electric water bath, killed with a throat cut, bled, cut up and processed further.
At least three to four percent losses are normal and factored into the business. This means that in Germany, well over 50,000 chickens often perish in agony in the fattening facilities on a single day.
This is the miserable life of fattening chickens, and not just in the US, not just on Home Chef’s chicken supply chain.
Chickens are the most slaughtered animals in the world.
For their meat and eggs, they are brutally fattened, brutally shredded, and even more brutally murdered.
That’s the truth.
Do not become an accomplice to this business, and leave chickens and all other animals and their products out of your daily “bread”.
My best regards to all, Venus