To know or not to know
Sometimes not knowing is better. Sometimes knowing is better. If you don’t know and you continue, the repercussions are still there. Yes still there. I thought we should start our day with these pictures and captions and end our day with it also as to remind us what sufferings some animals are put through for our palates.
Please read and please share with others. It’s horrible to look at but more horrible not to look because we need to know where the meat on our plate came from.
This is an every day reality for a population, which is 8 times larger than the human one annually.
The industry which makes meat out of little fragile chicks, also referred to as broiler chickens, is indubitably …the most extreme example of humans’ absolute and destructive domination over non-human animals. A domination which is found in every aspect of the chick’s miserable short life.
The massacre numbers are unbearable. 150 million chickens are murdered every single day. 104,640 every minute! 1,744 a second!
Right now, while you are reading this sentence, thousands of sentient creatures are brutally slaughtered somewhere in the world. More than 3,500 in a second. And there will be even more tomorrow.
Motherless from day one, the chicks must fend for themselves in huge windowless sheds with up to 100,000 other birds.
As the birds grow, space for each individual decreases. At some point each bird has only 20 x 20cm of floor and must push his/her way trough a solid mass of other chickens to reach food and water points. Many die in the attempt.
Today’s meat chickens have been genetically altered to grow three times faster and three times larger than their ancestors. Pushed beyond their biological limits, hundreds of millions of chickens die each year before reaching 6 weeks of age. (When they are slaughtered). The modern broiler is a genetic freak, doomed to eternal physical and mental ills.
Picture a six-year-old child weighting 156kg. Terrifying!
Now try to imagine him walk.
Hideous and cruel for a child, but a present reality for a six weeks old chick.
The combination of forced rapid growth and excessive weight causes chronic, painful lameness and abnormal gait. The bird’s body grows too fast for the bone plates to accommodate. Consequently, the birds develop angular bone deformities and “kinky back”, in which the vertebra snaps and puts pressure on the spinal cord, causing paralysis. The birds can only move by using their wings to balance. Though they live only a few weeks, chickens suffer old-age illnesses such as heart attacks, as their hearts and lungs are unable to keep up with the fast growth of their body muscles. Heart attacks and the so-called “acute death syndrome” are major causes of mortality.
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