International Respect for Chickens Day
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Today is International Respect for Chickens Day, an event “to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.”
Begun in 2005 by United Poultry Concerns, International Respect for Chickens Day is quickly becoming an annual tradition for animal rights activists. Chickens are by far the most abused animals on the planet–in the US alone, 287 are killed every single second.
In Canada, 19 million chickens languish in battery cages. Some chickens are described as “free range”, “organic”, or “humane”–but some never even go outside, and when they don’t lay enough eggs to make a profit, they are slaughtered. And in every egg farm, male chicks are killed soon after hatching. That means that every hen born to lay an egg, a male chick was suffocated in a plastic bag with his brothers or ground up alive, as is industry standard.
Try to imagine life in a battery cage:
Now imagine a world in which chickens are treated as friends, not food:
From United Poultry Concerns:
Please take time today to speak out for the chickens and hold a thought for them as you go about your daily activities. Show people you care about these wonderful birds. Help others to see chickens as you do – as friends, not food.