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Chickens: its a Hell of a life

'The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but Can they suffer?' Jeremy Bentham

Male chicks are killed by the thousands in egg laying farms, and in terrible ways: including suffocation, being gassed to death or being minced alive by machines. We have seen chickens being held upside down by their legs, looking scared, frail and sick in cages transporting them, even had them butchered before our eyes to get fresh meat.

But we have turned our eyes away, hoping that if we don't see their suffering, it is not happening.

But the do suffer, with painful fractured limbs, bodies heavy  with hormones to make them heavier (and more expensive) with underdeveloped organs, skin and lung diseases. in a lifespan that last's all of 6 months.

Don't turn away, see these pictures to see what that life which we have no value for, actually endures. There is no one to judge you, no one to say you are right or wrong by feeling empathy, guilt or even thinking that this is the way.

But if you care, and do feel a pang of conscience....please consider if this much suffering is worth one little snack or meal.

  • A normal chicken versus a broiler
    A normal chicken versus a broiler (source commons)
  • Overgrown bodies put too much pressure on their weak bones causing fractures
    Overgrown bodies put too much pressure on their weak bones causing fractures and making them unable even to reach out to food and water (source farm sanctuary)
  • Typical broiler shed housing thousands of chicken
    Typical broiler shed housing thousands of chicken (source farm sancyuary)
  • Packed together, ammonia from the droppings of so many birds cause inflamtions in their eyes and skin
    Packed together, ammonia from the droppings of so many birds cause inflamtions in their eyes and skin (source farm sanctuary)
  • Debeaking cuts through sensitive beak tissues and nerves
    Debeaking cuts through sensitive beak tissues and nerves, some young chicks die of pain or shock, while some starve being unable to peck on food (source Commons)
  • A broiler with a normal chicken
    The unnaturally large broiler with a normal chicken
  • debeaking, using a hot metal to slice through a chicks beak
    Done to avoid losses from stressed birds attacking each other, debeaking, entails using a hot metal to slice through a chicks sensitive beak tissue
  • Packed into trucks, these weak birds are suddenly exposed to all kinds of weather conditions
    Packed into trucks, these weak birds are suddenly exposed to sunlight and all kinds of weather conditions
  • Held upside down by their weak legs, they are brutally thrown into wire cages in transport trucks
    Held upside down by their weak legs, they are brutally thrown into wire cages in transport trucks
  • Packed into trucks, these weak birds are exposed and end up with severe injuries
    Packed into trucks, these weak birds are exposed and end up with severe injuries
  • Chicken are often kept in open cages like these and sometimes left overnight
    Injured and sick, the birds are often kept in open cages like these and are totally exposed to sun rain or cold winds
  • Injured and sick, the birds are often kept in open cages like these and are totally exposed to sun rain or cold winds
    Injured and sick, the birds are often kept in open cages like these and are totally exposed to sun rain or cold winds
  • At butcher shops, they are brutally killed in front of each other
    At butcher shops, they are brutally killed in front of each other
  • Dead and dying, injured chicken thrown away
    Dead and dying, injured chicken thrown away
  • Shackled upside down, in 'modern' slaughterhouses
    Shackled upside down, in 'modern' slaughterhouses (source farm sanctuary)
  • Modern slaughter houses, kill chickens with extreme cruelty
    hung upside down by their weak legs, these chicken will have their throats slit and are dumped (often before losing consciousness) into boiling water
  • Rescued from slaughter this egg laying hen fully recovered and looked beautiful again, in only 6-7 days
    Rescued from slaughter this egg laying hen fully recovered and looked beautiful again, in only 6-7 days (source OFP)
  • A proud mother hen with her eggs
    A proud mother hen with her eggs, they brood and fuss over the eggs utill they are hatched safely
  • A mother hen constantly watches over her brood of chicks, and the chicks follow their mother around
    In a natural environment, a mother hen will constantly watch over her brood of chicks, and the chicks follow their mother around
  • Give a chick a chance?
    Give a chick a chance? Choose vegetarian please?