Farming practices have changed drastically over the years. In 1925 it took 16 weeks to raise a 2.5 pound chicken. Today, it takes only six weeks to raise a five pound chicken, according to the ASPCA. Instead of considering the well being of the chickens, it’s sadly all about the profit.
September is National Chicken Month. The ASPCA reports:
“The practices on poultry farms are not only cruel but also raise serious food safety concerns. Chicken causes more foodborne illness than any other meat, and this is not surprising when you see the filthy conditions they are raised in.”
According to a national survey just released, the ASPCA reports that over 75% of chicken consumers desire more humanely-raised options available to purchase at their local grocery stores. If you are among that 75% of responsible consumers wanting improved chicken welfare standards, here’s what you can do to help:
1. Ask your local supermarket to offer higher welfare chicken options.
2. Watch and share the animated ASPCA video above explaining the truth about the chicken welfare issue.
3. Before you shop, become familiar with the ASPCA’s Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Label Guide. It provides a good explanation of free-range, cage-free, all natural, certified humane, etc. Becoming educated will help you make smarter shopping decisions.
4. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with hashtag #ChickenMonth
5. Sign the Care2 petition asking McDonald’s Australia to drop Pace, a farm using battery cages, and instead contract with a humane, cage-free farm. And you won’t want to miss the adorable video focusing on children speaking for the chickens to McDonald’s.
See another way to help chickens in your community? Start a Care2 petition.
What do you do to support the quality of life for chickens? Thanks for leaving a comment below.
Photos: I took the photos of the chickens raised at Mar Vista Cottages in Anchor Bay, California during my annual women’s group retreat.
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