This Is The First Day Of A Chicken’s Life In The Meat Industry
November 1, 2015Israel
What does any newborn baby that has just arrived at our big world look for? His mother. It is at this time of life when we are most vulnerable and helpless. In the case of chickens, upon birth, they chirp constantly to make sure their mother is nearby.
This is the sound that is being heard inside the industrial incubators from chicken processing companies. The helpless chicks from the meat industry will never even know their mothers.
It literally transports us to view the world from the perspective of the chicks. The camera is located on the conveyor belts that carry the terrified chicks around the industrial installations. In the United States, approximately 9 billion chickens are killed each year.
The footage was taken by an undercover investigator from Anonymous for Animal Rights in one of the largest industrial incubators in Israel. We can see how chicks that do not meet the minimum commercial standards are discarded by grinding them alive. Even more sad are the conditions the spared chickens will live in during the rest of their short lives on these farms. They are destined to face immense cruelty until they are sent to slaughter.
Few people have been able to see images like these. It is not the kind of publicity that the meat industry wants you to see. In order for this cruel industry to survive, it is essential that consumers do not know their methods of animal “production”. The reality is being hidden from us, a reality that any animal lover would find outrageous and frightening.
Fortunately, more and more people are getting to know the truth thanks to investigations such as this one. And for chicks and other animals on factory farms, it is fortunate that more and more brands are launching meat alternatives so that it is easier for consumers to avoid the horrible cruelty of places like these.