Live Your Animal Ethics
The chickens resting together in the photo above are called “broiler chickens,” the kind that are made into nuggets and strips.
These three were fortunate to be able to live out their brief lives with us, enjoying fresh air and sunshine, saved from the terrible fate suffered by most animals raised for food.
Every year worldwide, 51.4 billion chickens are artificially hatched, fattened up, and slaughtered at 42 days in farms like the one shown below. A “normal” chicken’s lifespan is 10–15 years. Chickens and turkeys together represent 99% of land animals slaughtered for food in the U.S.
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.
Chickens are housed in giant, over-crowded sheds, where they are packed in by the thousands and forced to stand and sit on manure-laden flooring, typically cleaned out only every 2–4 years. “Free range” is a meaningless term in this sense, since almost all chickens raised for meat are uncaged.
Heart failure afflicts chickens at a rate of at least 4.7% and is attributed to genetic manipulation, but this figure only covers birds within their first 42 days of life. The rate of heart failure increases in the weeks to come. Their hearts cannot keep up with their adult-sized bodies. “Ammonia burn,” respiratory diseases, and fatalities are common from exposure to high concentrations of ammonia emanating from large accumulations of feces.
After six weeks, chickens are violently cornered by “catchers,” who grab terrified chickens by their feet and roughly stuff them into crates. In the process they suffer broken legs and wings, lacerations, hemorrhage, dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia, and heart failure. Millions die before even reaching the slaughterhouse—and they’re the lucky ones. Please consider giving up eating animals. It’s never been easier. #GoVegan
In what universe is this barbaric spectacle okay? The now re-named “Ham Rodeo” went on despite nationwide outcry.
It’s not too late to let these people know that what they’re calling wholesome family fun is really animal cruelty. Please contact the City of Bandora and speak up for those who have no voice.
(830) 796-3765, CityAdmin@cityofbandera.org,
Tell Mayor Suzanne Schauman to come into the 21st Century and stop this disgraceful event: Mayor@cityofbandera.org.