More Humane Slaughter Of Chickens?

    March 30, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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The words slaughter and humane do not coincide. Perhaps because there isn’t such a thing as humane slaughter – it is just another word for killing.

Were the Jews that were slaughtered by the millions during the holocaust killed humanely?

Many spiritual leaders in our history and today believe that killing, in any sense, is wrong.

But, for the billions of people who still eat these wonderful creatures, animal welfare groups feel that the methods in which chickens are slaughtered could be kinder and less barbaric.

Today in the U.S. there are approximately 22.9 million vegetarians, and some two-million vegans, (strict vegetarians) primarily because they strongly disagree with the methods used to kill animals for food.

Chickens are the most abused of all animals on our planet, mostly because they are the slaughtered in the largest numbers. In the U.S. alone, seven billion (7,000,000,000) chickens are killed for their flesh each year. In the world, 23-27 million chickens are killed every single day.

More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined, and sadly, there is not a single federal law that protects chickens from abuse—even though two-thirds of Americans say that they would support such a law.

For this reason, and other cruel acts that take place in factory farms and slaughterhouses, the Animals Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary are joining foces to urge the Obama administration to improve the treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses. They are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped into scalding tanks every year – alive.

These are animals that have the same desire to live as human animals. They fight with every fiber of their being to avoid pain and death, just as a human being would. Because they are sensitive, warm blooded animals who feel fear, pain and suffering, they should be acknowledged as living beings – not as the industry treats them – as mere commodities.

They start their lives in a dark, filthy, ammonia filled room, and never have the chance to do anything that is natural or important to them. A baby chick on a factory farm will never be allowed contact with his or her parents, let alone be raised by them. These chickens are deprived of the chance to take dust baths, feel the sun on their backs, breathe fresh air, roost in trees, or build nests.

“I was almost knocked to the ground by the overpowering smell of feces and ammonia. My eyes burned and so did my lungs, and I could neither see nor breathe….There must have been thirty thousand chickens sitting silently on the floor in front of me. They didn’t move, didn’t cluck. They were almost like statues of chickens, living in nearly total darkness, and they would spend every minute of their six-week lives that way,” said Michael Specter of the New Yorker.

Their lives are a living hell from the time they hatch, until they reach those shackles that take them to their death.

The world would be a much better place if there were no slaughterhouses or factory farms and everyone was vegetarian. Animal suffering would be eliminated, people would be healthier, and ideally our planet would be a much cleaner, less polluted and happier place to live.

One of the greatest minds to have lived, Albert Einstein, said “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

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  • greg

    Now I see why no one else has commented. You are an idiot. Chickens don’t roost in trees. They don’t ‘ fight with every fiber of their being to avoid pain and death’. Do you really think they miss their mothers? This has got to be the stupidest article I have ever read. Please stop. You are embarrassing yourself.

  • Sheila Mears

    Greg, it seems to me that you know nothing at all about chickens. I had a flock once who lived in a field with no henhouse, but they roosted in the trees. They were White Leghorns, who can fly. Some breeds of chickens are heavier, and cannot fly, and some have their wings clipped to keep them on the ground. Mine roosted ten to twenty feet off the ground. You don’t know much about animals, either, or you would be aware that many birds and animals are as deeply attached to their families as are we humans – in some cases, more. In fact some animals mate for life, and may even die if their mate is killed. No offense, Greg, but you really should learn about animals before you post things out of ignorance. You might find it really interesting.

  • greg

    Shelia, I have 4 poultry houses with about 17,000 birds per house. I grow between 4 and 5 flocks per year depending on the date I get the chicks from the incubator house. There may be some obscure birds that do fly but we are talking about broiler birds here as the article makes reference to. They grow off in 58-62 days and are harvested at 8.9 to 9.2 pounds per bird. They don’t mate for life because only hens are supplied to growers. There are no roosters for them to form a bond. The males never make it to the farm because they don’t grow off fast enough to turn a profit for the grower. These birds never see or have any idea who their families are because the hatchlings are incubated from eggs that have been harvested from the laying houses. These birds have no reaction to pain or fear because they have never been taught to do such. I am sure they may feel these emotions but don’t communicate their feeling to those around them. As you can tell I do know quite a bit about poultry growing and processing since this is how i make my living.

    I’m sure in some fairy tale land chickens are happy little creatures that have friends over for tea, fall in love and live happily ever after. Unfortunately we live in reality where poultry is grown for human consumption, are regulated by the USDA both on the farm and at the processing plant and are a main staple for most Americans and the population across the planet. I am not saying that the system is perfect nor that the chickens are happy to live their life in isolation only to be harvested after the required time. But this is the world we live and if those of either your ilk or other compassionate people would rather not indulge in poultry for a food staple you are welcome to choose another option.
    I look forward to hearing your response. I mean no disrespect but the crux of the article is poultry for human consumption and not backyard pets. My first post was obtuse and I do apologize for my rude response.