This new study (watch video below) claims that eating chicken during pregnancy may affect the size and development of boy fetus’s penis and scrotum due to phthalate contamination of the meat. If this (coupled with the obvious ethical, health, and environmental reasons) isn’t enough to get off the bird-guzzling, we aren’t sure what is.
Chickens killed for their flesh in the United States are bred and drugged to grow so quickly that their hearts, lungs, and limbs often can’t keep up. Read more about chickens. Hens used for eggs live six or seven to a battery cage the size of a file drawer, thousands of which are stacked tier upon tier in huge, filthy warehouses. Read more about laying hens. Egg-industry expert Bernard Rollins writes that “chickens are cheap; cages are expensive.” They are fed drugs to fatten them faster and to keep them alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them. Many animals become crippled under their own weight and die within inches of water and food. While the suffering of all animals on factory farms is similar, each type of farmed animal faces different types of cruelty, Chickens are the most abused of all farm animals.
They are smart creatures who have a discernible language that scientists have noted. Chickens are very social animals – they will fight to protect their family and will mourn when a loved one is lost. As Herbivore’s tee shirts state “Wings are meant for flying, not frying.” A-fricking-MEN.
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