How Big is the Factory-Farmed Chicken Problem?
Chickens raised on factory farms for meat (typically referred to as broiler chickens) live crammed into dark, crowded sheds.
Though the meat industry may hope to evoke cheerful images of birds roaming in open fields, the fact is that 99.9% of chickens used for meat live on factory farms.2
The industry denies these birds natural light and fresh air. And it keeps them in feces-infested spaces that make fertile breeding grounds for disease.
Though chickens’ natural lifespan can be several years, companies breed these "broiler" chickens to reach full size when they are still very young.
The companies then slaughter these birds at just weeks old.
A recent report from The Humane League, conducted with independent investigators across the United States and in 85 major food retailers, found that 99% of chicken meat sold showed evidence of white striping disease.3 That’s a condition in which chickens grow so fast that their muscles die from lack of oxygen. The dead muscles are replaced with fatty, fibrous tissue that appears as white stripes.
Birds used for eggs face a different kind of nightmare.
The U.S. egg industry kills infant male chicks as soon as they hatch—since they can’t lay eggs.4
The industry then forces most hens to live in cages so small that the birds can’t even spread their wings throughout their lives.
The law has too often turned a blind eye towards these animals’ treatment.
That’s where Legal Impact for Chickens comes in. We are committed to holding corporations accountable for cruelty on factory farms. We work to ensure that chickens receive the welfare protections that the law intends.