Mercy for Animals reports on another case of shocking animal abuse by a slaughterhouse:
Maple Lodge Farms, one of Canada’s largest meat companies, has been caught a second time allowing hens to freeze to death en route to slaughter. The latest offense involved thousands of hens forced to suffer subfreezing temperatures in Quebec. A staggering 860 hens died. The Federal Court of Appeal in Canada fined the company $6,000.
$6.97 per hen that froze to death. Wrap your head around that.
Chickens are, by far, the most abused and slaughtered animals on the planet, with 51 BILLION killed globally each year.
Free From Harm lists 17 Chicken Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know, including:
- 151.4 billion chickens are artificially hatched, fattened up and slaughtered as 42-day-old babies every year globally. A chicken’s normal lifespan is 10–15 years.
- Chickens and turkeys together represent 99% of land animals slaughtered for food in the United States.
- Chickens bred for meat are arguably the most genetically manipulated of all animals, forced to grow 65 times faster than their bodies normally would, and the industry continually seeks to increase their growth rate.
When mom sends out her food call, her chicks respond by pecking at the ground. In one study, hens learned that red-colored food was good while their chicks were given blue-colored food. When the hens saw their chicks eating the wrong color, they began scratching, pecking, and vocalizing to convey the perceived error. Notes Shields: “It’s one of the true teaching examples that we have data for in the animal kingdom.”
We can end this madness right here and right now!