The Truth About “Cage-Free” and “Humanely Raised” Chickens

A Direct Action Everywhere investigation found hundreds of birds, including Scarlett, being crushed to death in a “cage-free” Safeway farm.

The DxE Open Rescue team entered Rainbow Farms, a major supplier to Safeway, and found piles of birds who had been crushed to death. Records from the farm show that as many as 125 birds were dying from “piling” in a single day, and the industry’s statistics show this is a general trend: cage-free kills 2-6 times as many birds prematurely. And yet Safeway has aggressively marketed its cage-free eggs as “certified humane.”

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The Truth About “Cage-Free” and “Humanely Raised” Chickens

By Autumn Lakeland

When you hear the term “Cage-free” and Humanely-Raised” you probably think of a farm with open fields where chickens are free to roam and feed on grass and insects. The truth is 99.9 percent of chickens raised for meat in the United States are raised in factory farms. If consumers saw the conditions in these “farms” they’d see animals crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices.

According to the FDA 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are fed to farm animals to fatten them up on less food.

U.S. Department of Agriculture exempts birds from its enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which requires that farm animals be insensible to pain before they’re shackled and killed.

Center of Disease Control and Prevention found 85 percent of urinary tract infections are caused by E. coli bacteria found in chicken.

Author Karen Davis wrote, “Chickens bred for meat have been rendered ill and unfit as a result of genetic manipulation, unwholesome diets, drugs, antibiotics, and the toxic air and bedding in the sheds where they live in almost complete darkness.”

In order to produce more quickly, factory farmers are no longer required to test for E.coli and salmonella. Instead, they can just dunk the chickens into chlorine and hydrogen peroxide to streamline production.

You’d think we’d have laws protecting animals from such abject abuse. But farm animals, both in agricultural research and in on-farm production, are indefensibly excluded from the Animal Welfare Act.

World Watch, the Sierra Club, the Pew Commission, Greenpeace, and other major environmental watchdogs have singled out factory farms as among the biggest polluters on the planet.

What You Can Do To Help Stop Factory Farming:

A few simple tips from Animal Freedom.org

1 Stop factory farming by what you eat
2 Don’t buy from companies that don’t care about animal rights
3 Vote out factory farming
4 Protest against permits for factory farms
5 Write to newspapers and magazines
6 Support organizations against factory farming
7 Make clear how you feel about animal rights

Get involved with organizations like
Stop Factory Farming
Make It Possible
ASPCA
One Green Planet
Free From Harm

Petition Sites
Care 2
MoveOn
Change.org
Force Change
Stop Ag Gag

 

Ask @Safeway CEO Robert Miller to stop the abuse of animals!