Did you know there are no federal laws protecting chickens? On factory farms, these animals are forced to endure horrific abuses and their misery is kept hidden behind closed doors, keeping the public in the dark about the truth.
Case in point: COK’s shocking investigative video filmed inside multiple facilities supplying the nation’s largest chicken producer, Tyson Foods, reveals birds being kicked, thrown, punched, run over by forklifts, and even suffocated. In both the meat and egg industries, chickens endure some of the worst cruelty in animal agribusiness.
Within just hours of hatching, they’re able to “master skills and develop abilities that a human child can take months and years to accomplish.” So if you’re ever called a “bird brain,” take it as a compliment! Because chickens are capable of mathematical reasoning, self-control and planning ahead, transitive inference (if A>B and B>C, then A>C), and basic structural engineering.
Chickens display empathy for one another.
Mother hens have been found to show signs of stress when they see their chicks becoming distressed. In factory farming, chickens regularly see other chickens enduring extreme stress, pain, and suffering.
Hens will go to great lengths to build a safe nest to lay their eggs. Yet on egg factory farms, most hens are crammed inside tiny wire cages, unable to even stretch their wings or walk, let alone build a nest. In chicken breeding factory farms, birds are crammed by the tens of thousands inside dark sheds for male or female birds, denied the chance to feel sunshine and fresh air or walk in grass.
Hens turn their eggs several times an hour,
clucking to their babies who chirp in response. Sadly, chickens in both the meat and egg industries start their lives in industrial hatcheries and will never see their mothers.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”