International Respect for Chickens Day

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International Respect for Chickens Day

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.



2 Comments

Karen

May 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

Thank you for your wonderful tribute to International Respect for Chickens Day! Chickens are the sweetest, most cheerful birds when they are treated with compassion and allowed to be outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air. And they are the saddest birds when they are mistreated and confined. Please Give a Cluck for Chickens and Go Vegan! Thank you, Karen Davis, President, United Poultry Concerns.

International Day of Respect for Chickens 2011 | Liberation BC blog

May 4, 2011 at 8:03 am

[…] Some chicken-related news in honour of International Day of Respect for Chickens 2011.  (You can read about the history of this holiday, which was started by United Poultry Concerns, in last year’s blog post.) […]

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