Demand More Humanely Raised Chicken From Your Supermarket!

Courtesy of Compassion in World Farming

In the US, we raise more than eight billion chickens for meat every year. The overwhelming majority of these birds are raised on factory farms, which, on average, each confine about 166,000 chickens at any given time, or roughly 900,000 chickens over the course of a year. As one might imagine, when thousands of chickens are kept in overcrowded buildings without sunlight, access to the outdoors or space to move freely, the health and wellbeing of the birds is severely compromised. These facilities also generate a tremendous volume of waste, which often pollutes air, soil and waterways, while the routine use of antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention threatens human health by inducing the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Meanwhile, the farmers who own these factory farms are often caught in abusive contracts with the giant poultry corporations that dominate the market, making it very difficult for the farmers to transition to more sustainable production practices.

Most consumers wouldn’t want to buy chicken raised in this factory farm system – and supermarket owners know it. Yet rather than pressuring their suppliers to implement better production practices, supermarkets attempt to hide the grim reality from consumers by marketing factory farmed chicken as “natural” and “humanely raised,” but there’s nothing natural or humane about raising chickens in industrial production facilities.

As part of our monthly series of Meatrix actions, we’ve partnered with Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) to offer consumers a way to make a difference. Throughout November, we’re highlighting CIWF’s Better Chicken Initiative, which calls on consumers to send a message to the CEOs of Target, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Publix and Kroger urging the stores to stop selling factory farmed chicken and instead source more humanely raised chicken certified by a third-party auditor.

Join us in taking action on the Meatrix website!

Responses to "Demand More Humanely Raised Chicken From Your Supermarket!"
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  1. Alexander D Santiago

    we can still be kinder and more humane as we make a profit, One need not cancel out the other.

  2. Andra Heide

    Dear Publix and Winn Dixie, I am asking you to please purchase humanely raised chicken and eggs for your stores. The treatment of the workers and animals are abhorrent; the companies who own the farms do not care about the animals nor people who work there. Animal and people abuse should not be tolerated. If you do not buy their products they will close. Thank you so much, Andra heide

  3. John and Robbie Wertin

    If people insist on eating animals or poultry, we at the very least need to ensure that they are raised and treated humanely. Their entire lives need NOT be misery and then cruelly killed for our indulgences.

  4. Jeanne Puerta

    Animals should not have to suffer for me.

  5. Helen Briner

    Pleas raise the chickens humanely instead in such confined places.

  6. Angela Martinez

    Supermarkets, please start acting civilized and treat chicken's the way you want to be treated. People need to take action and not shop at stores that are not humane.

  7. Linda Maynard

    Factory farming is wrong. Eating flesh is wrong. A vegetarian diet is healthier for people and the planet.

  8. Grace Golata

    I strongly support raising chickens in a humane way. As Pope Francis we are connected to ALL including animals and natuer. Therefore, we need to treat all animals in a loving and humane manner.

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